Here’s All the Fashion News You Missed This Week
André Leon Talley Describes the Fashion Industry as “Cruel” and “Arctic”
“Fashion does not take care of its people,” said André Leon Talley. “No one is going to take care of me, except I am going to take care of myself.” In late February, about 3 months before the release of @gospelaccordingtoandre, the documentary about his life, @andreltalley — former @voguemagazine creative director and America’s Next Top Model judge, protégé of Diana Vreeland and Andy Warhol, child of the segregated American South — went to the designer Daniel Day’s atelier in Harlem to have a caftan made. (@andreltalley who is 6-foot-6, started wearing caftans about 10 years ago, when he could no longer fit into the bespoke suits he favored.) “I wanted people to know how proud I was of a black man who finally got his proper due and respect from the vicious, cruel beast of fashion,” he said about why he chose Daniel Day, or Dapper Dan. But if you watch the documentary, it’s hard not to think that he was also talking about himself. It traces @andreltalley’s journey from the black enclave of Durham, North Carolina, to the seclusion of his own garden by way of the Met Gala, Vogue and Paris. @george_etheredge photographed #AndréLeonTalley, who was interviewed for @nytimesfashion by our fashion director, Vanessa Friedman.
In time for the debut of his documentary, The Gospel According to André, Talley sat down with The New York Times and had some less-than-complimentary things to say about the fashion industry. “I wish fashion was an easier zone to navigate through. It’s arctic: You have to get through so many icebergs. It’s very cruel, yet it can also be very exciting,” he said. Talley also discussed what it was like to be a person of colour in the fashion industry, and how there’s been little improvement in the treatment of marginalized people since his beginnings in the industry in the 1970s. “I think fashion tries to skirt the issue and finds convenient ways to spin it. There are examples of evolution, but they are few and far between.”
Dua Lipa Collaborates with /Nyden for Capsule Collection
Swedish brand /Nyden just announced that they will be co-creating four capsule collections with British pop-star and cover star of our February issue, Dua Lipa. Lipa is the fifth influencer to be announced as a collaborator with the brand, after they revealed that they were partnering with “tribe leaders” to create exclusive lines earlier this year. “What I really liked about working together and collaborating with /Nyden is the fact that they allowed me total creative lee-way to create things that I wanted,” Lipa told Vogue UK. “To make something that I would want to wear, things that I think my fans would really like.”
90s Fashion Legend Karl Kani Returns with New Collaboration
One of the forefathers of hip-hop fashion, Karl Kani, is back with his quintessential 90s style. Once the founder of his own mega-successful label, Karl Kani, his looks were famous among rap legends like Tupac, Biggie and Diddy. Now he’s back, launching a new collaboration with UK clothing brand Pretty Little Things. Luckily, Kani has kept with his 90s vibe and is serving up some serious nostalgia in the 45-piece collection.
Samira Nasr Named Vanity Fair’s New Executive Fashion Director
The former Elle fashion director — and Canadian! — was announced as Vanity Fair’s executive fashion director this Wednesday. Originally from Montreal, Nasr moved to New York to study journalism and got her start in fashion as an assistant to Grace Coddington at Vogue. “Samira’s discerning eye and creative spirit are an inspiration, and we are delighted to have her on board. Please join me in welcoming her to VF,” said editor-in-chief Radhika Jones.
Interview Magazine Folds
The counterculture magazine co-founded by Andy Warhol will stop publication after almost 50 years in print. Once dubbed “The Crystal Ball of Pop Culture,” the magazine featured stunning covers of Hollywood’s finest and intimate interviews with celebrities conducted by their peers. Many A-listers are upset by the news, and have taken to social media to bid their farewell like Andy Cohen and former cover star Natasha Lyonne.
— natasha lyonne (@nlyonne) May 21, 2018