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André Leon Talley's Fashion Week Picks Part II: Crashing Into a Radar of American Elegance

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Earlier this week, André Leon Talley rhapsodized to us about Carolina Herrera and Oscar de la Renta. We caught up with him at Vera Wang to get his updated assessment of the week — just click the links to see the looks. And he's still wearing "The New American Dream" Baby Phat coat the Fug Girls loved so much. What else have you liked this week? Marchesa, J.Mendel, and Michael Kors all hit a new radar—they crashed into a radar of American elegance.

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André Leon Talley Sees American Elegance This Fashion Week

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Jada Yuan caught André Leon Talley for a hot moment at Oscar de la Renta. These are his picks so far: "This show, I liked Jessica Stam with the white ermine bolero. Oh, and I loved so much with Carolina Herrera. Carolina's beautiful opening black dress and the plaid skirts with a muscle shirt, like a sweater and a sleeveless thing. And those big black culottes pajamas with the blouse and a sweater over it. This season I'm seeing American elegance, evening elegance, fireside chic. Sweaters with your ball gown."

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Baby Phat, Meet Carolina Herrera

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Evidently, 'tis the season to soldier along with the unwashed masses. Evidently, 'tis the season to soldier along with the unwashed masses. First Lulu Guinness slummed it waiting for seat assignments at Matthew Williamson Sunday night, and then this morning before the Carolina Herrera show, CNN's Soledad O'Brien chatted merrily with a reporter about the size of runway models while she waited her turn at registration. Less patient was The Young and the Restless' Victoria Rowell, who jumped the queue in order to gain entrance on her own recognizance; all that hurrying was for naught, though, as she then spent the entire run-up to the show standing aimlessly in the aisles waiting to see if she could snag an unclaimed spot. Soledad, meanwhile, was rewarded with a prime front-row view. It's good to see karma in action.

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Woody Allen Fights AIDS, Bores Us

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Speaking of Wednesday's amFAR benefit, it also brought out Woody Allen for a rare public appearance. (He presented an award to an old friend, Dr. Mathilde Krim, amFAR's founding chairman.) After a charmingly bumbling speech, he sat, quite oddly, across the table from Soon-Yi and listened to Garry Shandling tell the room about watching Allen years ago on a short-lived Saturday-morning TV show, Hot Dog. "It was a show where they explained to kids how things worked and Woody Allen was one of the people who explained things," Shandling said. "I'll never forget the time he came out and told us that baseball bats were made of halvah, so that when you strike out, you can eat it." Later we approached Allen to ask for an interview and were shocked to have him agree. Suddenly, visions of brilliant, hilarious, angst- and Yiddish-filled quotes leaped to our mind. We were thrilled. And then he proceeded to give us a series of totally boring replies. (Except for one tiny bit of news, that despite his last few films, he hasn't forsaken New York forever.) Feh.

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Anna TV!

Anna Wintour has agreed to let filmmakers shoot a documentary about life at Vogue as they put out their huge "Fashion Bible" September issue. (And Vogue editor-at-large André Leon Talley marched with the Reverend Al Sharpton at the Sean Bell demonstration.) A dead deer was found on the lawn of Dick Cheney's residence, the U.S. Naval Observatory, though the veep probably didn't shoot it. A woman who had an affair (and a kid) with Knicks legend Willis Reed in 1990 claims he is a deadbeat dad. (And New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick has an adultery scandal of his own.) The girls at Scores East Side say Lindsay Lohan was awkward working the pole when she came in with Kate Moss one night, express surprise that she got a movie role as a stripper. A 29-year-old woman is claiming to be the illegitimate daughter of Mel Gibson. "Page Six" prints a nasty item about Keith Olbermann, mentions his one-night stand with a fan, notes that his audience is smaller than Bill O'Reilly's. Shocking. Former Secretary of State James Baker, Democrat Warren Beatty, and Republican Merv Griffin all got along in Iraq for one night, though it was probably the booze. Tennis great Chris Evert is dating golf great Greg Norman. Bruce Springsteen got some lovin' from Nick Lachey so he could go home and brag to his daughter. Led Zeppelin lead singer Robert Plant tried to get flowers sent to Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, but the receptionist he talked to didn't know who Ertegun was. "Page Six" asks, "Which 'socialite' has high-society circles buzzing that she originally joined their inner circle as a high-class hooker?" (Really, who is it?) A woman popped Valium on a transatlantic flight to London with Courtney Love.

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Fashion Façade Falters at Brian Reyes

For those of us who communicate via hand gestures and scrunched faces, Fashion Week is a real exercise in restraint. Thank God for actress Tracee Ellis Ross, whose enthusiasm broke the mold at this morning's Brian Reyes show.

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