"She’s a big fan of Miuccia’s aesthetic and is hoping to land a fashion spread with Steven Meisel." --Andre Leon Talley on his lunch with Courtney Love.
Both André Leon Talley and Vogue deny that he is leaving the magazine, as reported in Saturday's New York Post.
If you're reading this while sitting around listening to the new Hole album for the 50th time, wearing yesterday's makeup and fastening bits of tulle to everything you own, you're in luck! Rock's most vicious diva, Courtney Love, has just tweeted about the appearance of a website chronicling every wobbly, drunken step of her aesthetic journey, from the mundane to the bizarre and back again. The effect of WhatCourtneyWoreToday.com falls somewhere between the intrigue and horror of watching a train wreck and the mysterious captivation of studying a foreign species. While Ms. Love doesn't seem to be the primary contributor to the site, her Twitter reveals that she is at least helping--plus we'd recognize that twisted garble of run-on sentences and near-synonyms anywhere. Filled with things you'll want, things you won't, and things you just won't know what to do with (those weird little cartoon illustrations, the phrase "amazeballs"), one thing will be certain: you won't be able to look away.
This past weekend, contributing Vogue editor, departing America's Next Top Model judge, and front row fixture André Leon Talley left the fashion hustle and bustle of New York for the Southern Live Oak-lined streets of Savannah. He was there to celebrate the opening of his namesake gallery at the Savannah College of Art and Design's new museum of art. He curated the gallery's first exhibit too, pulling dresses from the 12 designers who have received the ALT lifetime achievement award, an award presented each year to a different designer selected by Talley at the SCAD student fashion show. Past recipients include Karl Lagerfeld, Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs and Miuccia Prada. "I am genuinely inspired to come here," Talley said. "It's an antidote to the chiffon trenches of fashion week...the rich and complex beauty of the city, the school as a first class art and design university, it means a lot to me." Talley has long been affiliated with SCAD--he sits on the board, received an honorary Doctorate of Humanities, is helping to create the College's first costume collection, and now has a gallery named for him at the school's new art museum. While weather prevented us from actually seeing the gallery and speaking to Talley face-to-face, he was gracious enough to take some time for a phone chat. We talked to him about curating his namesake gallery, what he'd like to see in that space in the future, and coping with the break-neck every increasing speed of fashion today.