Sad News from the Fashion World: Flamboyant Icon Andre Leon Talley Dies at 73

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Andre Leon Talley, the flashy fashion icon, would have died at the age of 73.

Talley was a gentle giant known for wearing caftans and leading the fashion sense at Conde Nast publications for over 30 years. When he was summarily dumped by Anna Wintour, he sought revenge by writing a witty and erudite book about life at Vogue, among other things. He got over his abrupt dismissal and became even more famous.

TMZ also reported that Andre died at White Plains Hospital. There is no cause of death, but I see ALT hasn’t been on social media in a year.

I first met Andre with Paloma Picasso in the mid-1980s. When I first saw it, I must say, I was stunned. Who was this person? Festively decorated and then some, Andre acted like a royal prince from a fantastic country, perhaps Wakanda, but we didn’t know it in 1986. Paloma, whose book I was promoting, introduced me. She too was a little in awe of him, but he treated her with total deference.

For years after I saw him on the circuit, we waved or talked, nothing profound. It was the first at Vanity Fair, I think, but over time it turned into Vogue. I used to think, how can he handle it? And over time, we learned that it couldn’t. Anna, who got rid of Grace Coddington after “The September Issue” made Grace a star, was lining up Andre for execution.

God bless him, he didn’t take him lying down. He went on a rampage, wrote a book, starred in a documentary. He was recently involved in a massive and painstaking eviction process in Westchester. Just before the pandemic started in February 2020, Andre was at an event, he was part of a panel, we talked for a long time. He remembered that day with Paloma and we laughed at everyone we knew, including Anna.

What a pity that he didn’t get a chance to move on. It was one of a kind. His memory will outlive his enemies. ‘


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