Lorenzo, Tom, our book, and a big, gay cake.
In 2006, after ten years as a couple (and probably because we started getting a little bored with each other), we launched our first blog, Project Rungay, and happily spent several years as fan-bloggers for Project Runway and various other reality shows, until our growing audience started urging us to expand our topics. Long story short? Nine years later, we’re a full service pop culture site with a special focus on fashion and style with an audience in the millions, if you can believe it – and sometimes we can’t. And to this day, it’s just the two of us putting the content out there in our own voices, with no staff and no filters.
Also, we finally got married after 17 years together in 2013. Life is good. We love our jobs, we love our readers, and we wrote a book!
In February 2014, our very first book “Everyone Wants to Be Me or Do Me,” was released through Perigee Press, instantly called “hilarious” by many fabulous critics, and written of glowingly in Cosmopolitan, The New York Daily News, The New York Post, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Philadelphia Daily News, The Saint Louis Post-Dispatch, and the Wall Street Journal and voted “Style Book of the Year” by the readers of Entertainista.com. You can buy it here, or at any fine bookstore.
Also, here are more nice things people have said about us over the years. We’re just vain enough to collect them, you see.
“One of our favorite things about awards shows (besides our inter-office gown debate, of course) is seeing what style bloggers Tom and Lorenzo have to say about the red carpet. Always incisive and hilarious, they seem to be able to say what we’re thinking without even knowing we’re thinking it.” People Magazine’s “Style Watch”
“For Mr. Fitzgerald and Lorenzo Marquez, former proofreaders and translators from Philadelphia, it signaled their arrival, or at least recognition, by the fashion elite. Their blog, which offers sharp-tongued and often bitchy commentary on a potpourri of pop culture, is read by some fashion heavyweights. ‘They’re always funny and brutally honest,’ said Joe Zee, the creative director of Elle magazine. ‘And they know their stuff.’” New York Times
“They do know how to get an audience, as evidenced by: landing a book deal through Penguin’s Perigee imprint for the 2014 release of Everyone Wants to Be Me or Do Me, receiving invites to almost any New York Fashion Week show, being profiled in the New York Times, and winning the ear of some of fashion’s biggest names.
They even have a swell celebrity-couple abbreviation in ‘T-Lo.’
But don’t call them fashion critics – you won’t see them weighing the pros and cons of collections.
‘Objectivity,’ Marquez says, ‘has never been the goal.’” Philadelphia Inquirer
“They see themselves as ‘educated outsiders’ critiquing fashion. ‘We’re describing people’s clothes. It’s a grand human tradition,’ Fitzgerald said. ‘I’m sure we were doing it in caves.’ ‘I can’t believe he’s wearing yak fur this season. Whatever.’ Anybody can do it.’ … The voice they’ve tried to cultivate, in their own words, is that of your saucy, gay best friend, who will tell you that, yes, you do look fat in those jeans. But he loves you anyway.”Philadelphia Daily News
“We want our readers to feel that their best gay friend . . . is texting them from Fashion Week,’ says Fitzgerald, who projects they’ll cover some 90 shows. ‘There’s a sense of immediacy,’ says Marquez. ‘The whole world wants to be there, and we’re telling them what’s happening while it’s happening.’
The mean factor: The two are known for their acerbic wit. Marquez says, ‘I’m sure we’ve gone overboard, but, we would never say anything about anyone that we wouldn’t say to their face.” Long Island Newsday
“One small idea would be to replace some of Yahoo’s celebrity fawning omg! content with sharper, snarkier writers, such as the popular bloggers Tom and Lorenzo, for example. – “5 things Yahoo’s Mayer can learn from Steve Jobs”Wall Street Journal
“With lavish use of screencaps and semiotic brilliance, Tom and Lorenzo offer a fashion tour of the generation gap revealed on last week’s Mad Menpremiere…” Vanity Fair
“If Tom Fitzgerald and Lorenzo Marquez were a big rainbow flag, I’d wave it proudly.” Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Tom and Lorenzo…Top 10 NYFW’s most influential [Twittersphere]” EDITD
“Enthused to be at Fashion Week, the excitable twosome thoroughly tweet about all aspects of the production, from what’s on the catwalk to celebs in attendance.” NYDailyNews
“Seeing the best designer once again sacrificed on the altar of narrative, the top Project Runway bloggers Tom & Lorenzo threw in the scissors, composing a Goodbye Cruel World kissoff to the Project Runway they once loved … Bitterness cindered the floor and the Project Runway brand was covered with spitballs from the former faithful.” Vanity Fair.
“In the interest of saving you time, we’ve gathered all our favorite designers, models, bloggers, movers and shakers into one handy list […] Tom & Lorenzo”Lucky Magazine
“Fashion gurus Tom and Lorenzo gave high marks to Elle Fanning for the vintage dress (and Louboutins) she wore to Chabad’s Children of Chernobyl’s Children at Heart gala…” Time Out Chicago Kids
“…the always-entertaining fashion bloggers Tom & Lorenzo (www.tomandlorenzo.com) weigh in with their analysis of the red carpet hits and misses at Venice…” On the Runway – NY Times
“For the sake of comparison — or education — go to the blog Tom and Lorenzo to observe what other young women about Yuja Wang’s age wore…” The Washington Post
“I’m struggling for breath from laughing so hard while reading your blog! Tom and Lorenzo, you are the two most brilliant guys in social commentary! Thank you for being you!” Tim Gunn – Liz Claiborne Chief Creative Officer and TV Personality
“One of my favorite blogs is TomAndLorenzo.com. Last season they did a recap of the show the day after it aired — I’m praying they do it again — and at one point they called me a “useless monkey bitch.” I’ve never laughed harder…”The Advocate
“A-List is back […] I am reading the recaps at tomandlorenzo.com, which if you haven’t discovered, oh my goodness, the scorn will burn your face off through the computer screen.” npr.org
“I asked some eminent gay, lesbian, and bisexual writers to tell me about their first visit to a gay bar…” Slate
“The Tom and Lorenzo fashion blog added…” DailyMail
“Our thing is that if you’re gonna dress up, put the effort in. On the red carpet you need to entertain us — that’s what you’re there for,” said blogger Tom Fitzgerald, who, with his partner Lorenzo Marquez, runs the popular former “Project Rungay” website (now called Tom and Lorenzo) that morphed into a lively red-carpet forum often featuring side-by-side photographs of outfits on red carpet stars and as originally on the runway.” Los Angeles Times
“Bloggers Tom and Lorenzo of the Tom&Lorenzo blog […] discussing lingerie-inspired dresses worn at the Vanity Fair party following the Academy Awards.”California Apparel News
“So when we want real commentary about a dress made of licorice…” – Top 10: The Best in TV, the Web, Books and Beyond – Rolling Stone
“Obsessively chronicles every episode as well as any and all behind-the-scenes gossip.” The New York Observer
“Tom and Lorenzo have a Project Runway, fashion and style blog […] Check it out…it’s bitchy and fun and addicting! ” ELLE.com/Tell All
“…a good fashion round-up […] from the excellent Tom and Lorenzo.” The Guardian
“That whole blog, by the way, is just beyond fabulous.” Chicago Tribune
“Opinionated fashion and TV blogging couple Tom and Lorenzo dedicate at least two posts a week to Mad Men. […] The posts on style showcase how much a character’s outfit can communicate his or her social status and personal storyline.” The Seattle Times
“…the very astuteTom and Lorenzotake a strong stand against this kind of magazine stunt…” Newsweek
“…Tom and Lorenzo […] whose award-winning blog is read by fashionistas the world over.” The Daily Telegraph
“Tom and Lorenzo […] have it on good authority that producers are aware of the backlash and are looking to fans for advice.” The Huffington Post
“I have once again fallen under the spell of Tom and Lorenzo…” San Francisco Chronicle
“Their blog is catty but filled with insightful and honest repartees, which reflect the couple’s conversations throughout the day.” The Philippine Star
“..if websites could talk (or eat, for that matter), this is the one we’d want to have lunch with.” – The Best of the Web: The 25 Best Fansites – Entertainment Weekly
“…as Tom Fitzgerald of the Project Rungay blog described it to the New York Times.” Metro News Canada
“For once, Christian is someone who lives up to his own expectation of himself,” said Tom Fitzgerald […] It was Fitzgerald and his co-blogger who christened Siriano “Princess Puffysleeves.” Baltimore Sun
“…deliciously bitchy blogging empire.” Metrosource Magazine
“This blog rules the runway.” Philadelphia Inquirer
“…LOVE this website. Great commentary every week.” The Detroit News
“Fashion Blogs We Like…” The Cut – New York Magazine
“Tom and Lorenzo, who maintain a fantastic blog on style and fashion in television and movies, have provided some of the most in-depth, contextualized analysis of the clothing and decor on Mad Men that I’ve ever seen.” The Portland Mercury
“Oh, we just know we are going to get addicted.” The Austin Chronicle
“…for catty commentary on the hit Bravo show.” Newsweek
“…Web site you must check (if you haven’t already) is Tom and Lorenzo…It’s hysterically funny…” AccessAtlanta.com
“A bright spot of witty homosexual culture.” OUTzoneTV.com