Once upon a time, you couldn’t be an out homosexual even in a tres-gay profession like fashion. Seriously—designers had to either marry or present themselves as fussy confirmed bachelors. (Even Calvin Klein tied the knot with a lady person.)
Nowadays, its assumed if you putting clothes on the runway, you’re putting your pecker in some dude. Even Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger wants to set Tom Ford and Marc Jacobs up together. (America’s Next Top Model Jay Manuel thinks that’d be a disaster. He told Queerty, “[Tom’]s so particular and fussy, and between him and Marc Jacobs, the two of them, such control freaks—it wouldn’t work.”)
New York Fashion Week just kicked off—and Valentine’s Dayis right around the corner—so we decided to take a look at five top New York designers and the sexy younger dudes they’ve shared their bed with.
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Photos: Jason Preston, Harry Louis
Marc Jacobs is notorious for serially dating PYTs (pretty young things). After a stint in rehab—and a full body transformation—he dated onetime escort Jason Preston (above left) who tattooed the designer’s name on his arm. After that relationship cooled, Jacobs was linked to hunky advertising executive Lorenzo Martone. It was hot and heavy by all accounts, with rumors of marriage proposals, but it allegedly ended in the summer of 2010—though Jacobs told Vogue, “We speak to each other, I don’t know, six times a day.” In December, Jacobs was seen courting Brazilian porn star Harry Louis (above right) in Paris, but that may have been a passing fancy.
Does Jacobs change hotties every season? No, but he does like to mix and match and go retro, apparently: He and Martone were seen together at a Fashion Week event Wednesday night.
Once upon a time famed designer Calvin Klein was married—to a woman named Kelly. (Yes, it’s true!) These days he’s more open about his same-sex attractions—and his predilection for young porn-star tail. He’s been squiring around former NextDoorMale.com star Nick Gruber (a.k.a Aaron Skyline) at least since Gruber’s 21st birthday. There was talk the two had split, but Klein told Page Six recently they’re still going strong.
Teutonic style god Karl Lagerfeld doesn’t mince words when it comes to his opinions—he recently called out Adele for being “a little too fat”—but he’s a little closer-to-the-vest when it comes to his men. He’s been connected to his “muse,” 23-year-old Baptiste Giabiconi, whom he described as a boy version of Gisele Bündchen: “skinny, skinny but with an athletic body—good for clothes.” There was even a rumor they were gonna be married this summer, but we’re pretty sure that was a joke. The detail about Lagerfeld ditching Chanel and moving to Vermont was kind of a giveaway.
We wouldn’t put Michael Kors in the same category as Jacobs, Lagerfeld and Klein. First off, Kors and his honey, Lance LaPere, have been together for 20 years (or a century in gay years). Secondly, yes, LaPere’s younger than Kors (he started as the designer’s intern in 1990) but he’s old enough to have been in a relationship for 20 years.
And lastly, the two made it legal last year. “Lance and I are very excited to finally be able to have the opportunity to marry in our home state after many years together,” Kors announced. ”
Oh god—we wouldn’t know what to wear to the ceremony!