It is not often that careers go backwards but in the case of Mr Rutherford, that is exactly what has been happening. In a curious case of Benjamin Button-esque proportions, it seems that, now in his 50s, Eric Rutherford is having something of a renaissance. His salt and peppered Instagram currently has 170,000 followers and is growing daily. His appeal is heightened not simply by his physical appearance – Silver Fox doesn’t even come close – instead, Rutherford’s appeal seems to be as a style magnate to every generation of man.
Though Rutherford started acting and modeling as young as 11-years-old, his story truly began courtesy of a chance meeting with Bruce Weber at a friend’s South Beach Miami restaurant during the mid-1990s. Weber shaved the young model’s famously thick hair and photographed him for an issue of L’Uomo Vogue the next week.
The following decade brought with it a successful stint as a commercial model and he supported his gigs with work as a key event planner for Hollywood’s elite. As a curious twist of fate, the production work began to outweigh the modeling and acting and by the end of the 90s Rutherford was collaborating with brands from Gap to Gucci and the iconic Oprah Winfrey. Production went hand in hand with consulting work and a full-time role at the Hollywood Reporter as Director of Events and Special Projects. Fast forward fifteen years – due in part to the rise of social media and the expansive range of brand representatives – Rutherford has returned to his modeling roots.
Select editorial credits include the September issue of W magazine, photographed by Mert and Marcus and styled by Edward Enninful, as well as Out, and At Large magazines. Rutherford has also collaborated on various projects with menswear brands ISAIA, Todd Snyder and the CFDA.
Off-duty, Rutherford enjoys traveling (naturally!) and writing plays. He is also actively involved with GLSEN, the LGBTQ organization dedicated to ending discrimination, harassment, and bullying based on sexual orientation, gender identity or expression in K-12 schools.