They said/We said: André Leon Talley is coming back to reality TV with a new fashion show… wait, haven’t we heard this before?

Photography by Henry S. Dziekan III/WireImage
Photography by Henry S. Dziekan III/WireImage

We’ve been missing André Leon Talley—former Vogue editor-at-large, forever cape-wearer and sole creator of “dreckitude”—in our lives ever since he left his seat at the judges’ table on America’s Next Top Model. Lucky for us, the fashion icon will be starring in a new Bravo reality fashion show (yes, another one of those), tentatively titled Fashion Stories of NYC.

The press release describes the new show as following “four up-and-coming fashion design teams as they produce the defining collection of their careers, all under the watchful eye of fashion icon André Leon Talley.” Hmmm, sounds a little familiar, doesn’t it?

While there’s no denying there are already enough fashion reality shows to last us a lifetime (and then some), we can’t help but be excited about this one. With a mentor/judge like Talley, who clearly knows what’s what in the industry (ahem, Jessica Simpson…), we’ll for sure be tuning in.


The Cut: “Conceptually, this sounds like a mishmash of many previous fashion-themed reality shows, but as long as there’s an opportunity for ALT to label things dreckitude, we’ll be watching.” [The Cut]

Fashionista: “In all seriousness, with the glut of fashion reality shows now clogging the airways, most of them as far from reality as you can get (ahem, Fashion Star), this one sounds promising.” [Fashionista]

The Frisky: “For now, let’s just hope some of his industry pals make a cameo — like, say, Grace Coddington? Hey, just a suggestion.” [The Frisky]


Eliza Grossman, assistant fashion editor: “I am almost positive I’ve seen this show recreated four times over, but I’m a sucker for ALT. Maybe his larger-than-life personality will make this attempt at fashion x reality television something more memorable.”

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