Yes, you read that headline right. Anna Wintour, Andre Leon Talley, as well as Marc Jacobs, Isaac Mizrahi, Tommy Hilfiger and Zac Posen all have speaking parts on Diddy's latest album Last Train to Paris, out December 14.
We know this because, strangely enough, Vogue.com (you know, the place one goes to hear new rap), got an exclusive preview of the album, which you can listen to here. Yet the Vogue/Diddy connection is not quite as tenuous as it seems. Vogue has supported Diddy's latest fashion-inspired album from the get-go when he appeared in an editorial by the same name alongside Natalia Vodianova last February. Also recall how Diddy (who is now calling himself Diddy-Dirty Money) got down with Anna at the Met Ball last summer, and that the pair hugged it out during Fashion's Night Out.
Up until now, Kanye's reigned as fashion's rap star (fashion does, after all, break Kanye's heart), but Diddy's new album goes one better than simply listing runway models. According to Andre Leon Talley's account of the collaboration, Diddy put out calls to A-list designers and editors last fashion week, requesting they come by his studio to record. And so they did. Talley has the biggest role on the album, fitting as his booming elegant voice is made for radio. "For my part, I recited words by James Baldwin," Talley says, "and Diddy respected it enough to leave it intact." He goes on to call the album "totally twenty-first-century Diddy cool."
Anna appears at the start of track two saying, "This is Anna Wintour from Vogue magazine, you are now listening to the Last Train to Paris." Marc Jacobs leads off track three with, "What's up? This is Marc Jacobs and you're rocking with the best. Last Train to Paris, get on or get off." And so it goes from there...