Tom Ford is the man

August has ended which means summer is almost behind us here in Dallas – only a few more 100+ degree days. It also means that the September issues of fashion magazines are prominent on newsstands. Vogue September 2103 is 902 pages and Harper’s Bazaar weighs in at exactly 600 pages with SJP (Sarah Jessica Parker) gracing the front page.

In Dallas, the September issue of FD luxe, our primo go-to fashion and lifestyle magazine published by The Dallas Morning News, spotlights film maker and designer Tom Ford (in sunglasses, of course) on its cover.


photo: The Dallas Morning News | FD luxe magazine cover (September issue)

photo: The Dallas Morning News | FD luxe magazine cover (September issue)

The interview between Mr. Ford and Rob Brinkley, FD luxe’s Editor-in-chief, reveals the influence of the designer’s roots and early boyhood growing up in Austin, Texas.

Finding Tom Ford (2)

I’m honored because Rob chose one of the paintings from my “Emergent Series” to feature in the September issue of FD luxe. Why? Because it’s a tribute to Tom Ford who I greatly admire for his multi-dimensional creativity. He can do film, architecture and design. The title of my piece is “Emergent Series: Finding Tom Ford” (see image above). What I so appreciate is the way Rob captured the essence of my work through his talents as an editor and writer. Here is the article, titled “Tom Ford, times two: A Dallas artist immortalizes the fashion designer in her latest work, twice,” reprinted with permission of The Dallas Morning News:

FD blurb

Thank you Rob.

To autumn leaves changing color and fashion, Meg

Emergent Series – A New Painting

I launched this website last year with a story about how a body of work, which I call the “Emergent Series,” evolved and I promised to share new paintings. Here is the most recent, “Emergent Series: Finding Tom Ford.”

“Emergent Series: Finding Tom Ford” | Artist: Meg Fitzpatrick| 24” x 48” acrylic and metallic paint on board (photo: Expert Imaging, Inc.)

For this one, as with all of them, I invite you to play a game and find recognizable faces – Woody Allen, Allen Cummings, Tom Ford (two of him), Jake Gyllenhaal, Christopher “Hitch” Hitchens (may he rest in peace), Haruki Murakami (the Japanese novelist who recently published 1Q84), Christopher Plummer and my brother as a kid diving into a pool.

Detail of Tom Ford and Christopher Hitchens from “Emergent Series: Finding Tom Ford”

Next Saturday, “Finding Tom Ford” will be available at the F.I.G. – Fashion Industry Gallery and the 2012 Toast To Life Gala. All proceeds from this sale will benefit the Resource Center of Dallas and their ongoing work with HIV/ AIDS programs and services. For event tickets:

Detail of Woody Allen from “Emergent Series: Finding Tom Ford”

Enjoy the Academy Awards next Sunday. I’m rooting for “The Artist” as Best Picture, Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” for best original screen play and have more picks for the other categories. I’ll be glued to the show, ready to do a blog in two weeks…

…until Sunday, March 11th.