When it comes to good quotables, André Leon Talley can give Karl Lagerfeld a run for his money. And now, with all the new projects ALT has in the works (like a late night TV talk show), he’s been talking a lot.
The Vogue contributing editor sat down with WWD for a chat about why he took his new Russian Numéro gig (hint: ka-ching!), his relationship with Anna Wintour, yet another new project he’s working on, and his no-holds-barred take on the recent Oscars red carpet.
On why he took the Numéro Russia gig:
I’m proud to say I’m going to be 64, I felt I needed more financial security as I go in my twilight age, a little bit more cash for mortgages and as I go into retirement. I took the job because I love Russia and the salary was something fabulous.
On maintaining his good relationship with Anna Wintour:
[Vogue]’s my family and we remain great friends. Anna [Wintour] and I exchanged four e-mails this morning…Anna was very sympathetic and understood and she decided we remain on good terms and that I do the digital and the online. And I’m very happy to do it.
On the Oscars red carpet fashion:
Last night was one of the dullest, saddest moments of the history of the Oscars and the red carpet was the dullest, saddest moment for many reasons. These women are so controlled by the uberstylist that they are afraid of giving their own opinion on what they should wear and they all feel safe with a strapless dress with a train that is unnecessary…Strapless dresses make you want to turn the page.
On another new project:
A book, coming out in April, from the catalogue of an exhibit of black dresses — contemporary not historical — in Savannah [last year], which was a big success. Rizzoli published the book.