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Four Gay Fashion Designers And Their Boy-Toy Boyfriends

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.

Click through for a look at gay love in the fashion world

Photos: Jason Preston, Harry Louis

On:           Feb 10, 2012
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    • Keith

      Am I the only person who thinks that Calvin Klein is only dating Nick Gruber because they look alike…or rather, Nick looks like what Calvin looked like nearly 50 years ago. I have heard many stories about Calvin Klein’s ego, so I can totally see him wanting to date someone who looks like a younger version of himself.

      Feb 10, 2012 at 4:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • CBRad

      @Keith: Calvin also wanted Gruber as the dream gentile version of himself.

      Feb 10, 2012 at 4:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • lika

      Klein looks like he’s the “After” picture in an ad campaign “You’re a Hot Meth!”

      Feb 10, 2012 at 4:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MEJ

      Michael Kors and Lance LaPere are the only people who look like a normal, down to earth couple.

      Feb 10, 2012 at 4:29 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mike in Asheville

      @ Dan Avery

      Queerty Headline: Four Gay Fashion Designers and Their Boy-Toy boyfriends


      Queerty Comment: We wouldn’t put Michael Kors in the same category as Jacobs, Lagerfeld and Klein

      ….and yet you do.

      Feb 10, 2012 at 4:29 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • divkid

      the only one i’d do is that lance guy becuse in that pic he looks for all the world like a gay gerard butler, if that’s not a tautology. please god that is a tautology.
      i likey a lotty.

      Feb 10, 2012 at 5:47 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mudduck

      Snide can make for jazzy copy, but it warps the discussion

      First: Putting peckers in dudes looks like fun in porn, but surveys indicate that only about half of gay guys do it. Why buy into the right-wing meme that gays are all about fucking? There are lots of ways to get close.

      Second: Maybe not these, but some “boy toys” are spouses with staying power. I was 27 when my husband was born, and we’ve been together since he asked me out on a date 29 years ago. Differences in age are just another factor that makes relationship interesting — lots of gay couples are from different class or ethnic backgrounds.

      Third: Yeah, I’m suspicious of couples who seem to have looked into a mirror and fallen in love — but whatever works. Love is a mystery.

      Feb 10, 2012 at 5:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • divkid

      these young’uns will be lucky to avoid ending up down a dark pit enduring harsh entreaties to take the bottle out of the bucket and put the lotion on the skin.

      Feb 10, 2012 at 6:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • eames

      “…Once upon a time famed designer Calvin Klein was married—to a woman named Kelly. (Yes, it’s true!)”

      and many years before that, Calvin’s first wife, Joan, gave birth to their daughter, Marci, who is now an executive producer at SNL. (yes, it’s true!)

      Feb 10, 2012 at 6:29 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ChristopherM

      The newest scent: Calvin Klein Desperation.

      Feb 10, 2012 at 6:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • CBRad

      @eames: And AIDS was making Calvin do everything he could (because of savvy business practice, or was it personal?) to separate himself from anything gay and present himself as a straight man.

      Feb 10, 2012 at 7:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Eric

      Another reason hooking Tom and Marc up wouldn’t work… Tom and his partner have been together since 1986! Good grief, show some respect.

      Feb 10, 2012 at 8:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jj

      Kind of ashamed to know this, but a couple years ago i was browsing on seekingarrangement and i saw the profile of calvin klein(it was definitely him because he had paid the 500$ to be net worth verified) and i took one look at his photos and said i wouldnt fuck that for all the money in the world…. /truestory

      Feb 10, 2012 at 10:44 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Isaac C

      @Mudduck: You should be ashamed of yourself, dating an infant. He is young enough to be your child. Heaven help both of you.

      Feb 10, 2012 at 10:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • shannon


      Feb 10, 2012 at 11:56 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Fred

      8:57 AM – I see this piece on Queerty and click on it.

      8:58 AM – I decide to go through the whole piece, and predict that not only will snarky comments be made in the piece, but then the comments section will be a series of bitter, nasty comments worthy of gay-hatingright wing conservatives.

      9:00 AM – predictions all confirmed by comment 4 – “Michael Kors and Lance LaPere are the only people who look like a normal, down to earth couple.”

      Why can’t we leave each other alone? Why to gays continually beat up on each other as bad as straight people beat up on us? I’m 57 years old and have a wonderful husband of 25 years, but if I didn’t, do you think I would say no to any of these younger men, even for a summer?

      Feb 11, 2012 at 9:09 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • divkid

      good for you buddy. i’m glad you have a wonderful partner. and if you were not so fixed, far from blame you, why, i’d shake your hand for bagging you a young huney. (but not gruber ‘cos he fuuunny lukin’).

      please believe me, most of this is all about the lulz and dies when we hit the power off button on our laptops.

      but some, (no14) issac c, for example, i feel cross a line into personal abuse, and portent the psychology of one already hatching real-world intrigues of hateful destructiveness from their moms basement whilst wearing a hockey mask and wanking into a sock. but whatevs. matters of taste are notoriously hard to call. probably a good thing too.

      Feb 11, 2012 at 10:24 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Timmmeeeyyy

      Thank you Queerty and commenters for joining right-wing conservatives in determining what is and is not a valid relationship. It’s comforting to know that people who don’t even know us will be able to judge our relationships and show us the error of our ways. Thank you for policing our personal lives.

      The LGBT Celebrities

      Feb 11, 2012 at 11:28 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ggreen

      Money cant buy you love but these queens sure can rent it!

      Feb 11, 2012 at 12:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Isaac C

      @divkid: Yes because one must apparently post from their mother’s basement to protest the tragedy and complete immorality of dating someone young enough to be one’s (grand?)son. Do I follow your logic, assuming there’s any to be found in your comment? And this is not a matter of taste, hon, it’s a matter of principle. Do you understand the difference?

      That being said, if you can’t address me directly, I would appreciate it if you wouldn’t bother commenting on my post at all. It’s a bit dis*taste*ful when I have to read about myself in your responses to others.

      Feb 11, 2012 at 12:47 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MikeE

      @Isaac C: you apparently don’t understand the matter of principle and especially that of “morality”.

      how is dating a younger person “immoral”?

      your shrieking piercing cries of admonition against those with younger partners (or younger men with older partners) reek of religious fundamentalism.

      You really have some serious personal issues that you should see someone about.

      Feb 11, 2012 at 12:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Isaac C

      @MikeE: You were the one supporting a religious homophobe in another Queerty thread because he apparently does not want to “impose his beliefs” on the gay community while he secretly thinks we’re deviant perverts. And you are here telling me I have personal issues?

      I should not have to explain why dating someone young enough to be your child or, worse yet, grandchild is immoral. How can you explain or measure morality? You can’t. It comes down to a sense of decency. You either get it or you don’t. I’m not shrieking and I personally don’t even care whose cradle you choose to rob, but don’t try to convince me that there aren’t serious issues of self-esteem and exploitation involved. I don’t want to hear it.

      But I guess any kind of protesting must mean the person is 1) Posting from there mother’s basement, and/or 2) a religious fundamentalist nutcase. I wonder what you and others will come up with next on this list of random and meaningless accusations.

      Feb 11, 2012 at 1:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Isaac C

      @Isaac C: *Posting from their…

      Feb 11, 2012 at 1:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Joel

      @MEJ: Could not agree more! The other couples look CREEPY as hell … this is frightening.

      Feb 11, 2012 at 8:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Joel

      World’s creepiest article … Pedophiles R Us

      Feb 11, 2012 at 8:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bob

      A “pedophile” is a post-pubescent human who is sexually attracted to “children.” A “child” is a pre-pubescent human. A 90-year-old man who is screwing a 17 or even a 16-year-old boy is not a “pedophile” no matter how shocked, hurt and indignant we feel about it. Please stop using that word to describe EVERYTHING you disapprove of or that makes you even slightly uncomfortable.

      Feb 11, 2012 at 10:07 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mudduck

      Issac @ 13: Did you miss the part where HE dated ME? He’s in his 50s now — I think we’re legal.

      Feb 12, 2012 at 2:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Catherine

      Some very intelligent and savvy designers making the same neurotic choices in relationships as most other people. I’d rather not know their personal business.
      Aside from that, is Lagerfeld real?

      Feb 25, 2012 at 2:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • HT


      “is Lagerfeld real?”

      No, he came from the same plastic factory as Calista Gingrich.

      May 30, 2012 at 11:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • peterlove24

      I always see the porn Star Harry Lewis waiting to collect his antivirus in Soho 56 Dean street.

      Apr 8, 2013 at 7:55 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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