The other evening I had the great pleasure to hear Andre Leon Talley speak. For those of you who aren't familiar with him he is presently a contributing editor at American Vogue after many years as style director and editor at large. His past gigs include Interview (when Andy was still alive) W, and the Costume Institute at the MET when the incredible Diana Vreeland ran it. A.L.T was resplendent in a custom Lagerfeld red silk faille cape, rhinestone NAACP logo tee of which he confessed to having 68. He is a born a storyteller in the great southern tradition, and he regaled us all for several hours with tales of life with the 2 most important women in his life, his grandmother who raised him and Mrs. Vreeland who was his creative "mother. He spoke about the similarities between his grandmother and Mrs. Vreeland though they led extremely different lives they both stressed discipline, polish and maintenance and taught him the true meaning of luxury. He talked about starting out in fashion in the 70's with some of the greats of that time, Halston, Stephen Burrows, Antonio, Pat Cleveland, Paloma, Karl and Yves St. Laurent to name a few. He’s written several books, his autobiography and a photo essay of a year in his life- A.L.T 365- If you can get your hands on a copy of 365 grab it. He also spoke of working on a one man show of his life.... I can't wait.
Mrs. Vreeland- no one else like her!