It's the only natural response when someone brings up legendary Andre Leon Talley, one of my personal favorite icons of the fashion world.
Andre Leon Talley has a style. He has a trademark. He has this grace. This elegance. This poise. He's one of the most knowledgeable men in fashion. Andre Leon Talley is the kind of man who does his homework. He will research it all. If your going to say something you have to be able to back it up.
Andre Leon Talley is 65 years old. He's a native of North Carolina and he excelled in a predominantly white controlled field. You can't name a black designer in charge of a major fashion brand, because there isn't one.
In his more then 40+ years in the fashion industry, Andre Leon Talley has worked with everyone. He's worked with Andy Warhol, Diana Vreeland, been asked to write the autobiography for Yves Saint Laurent, and served as a director at Vogue with bestie Anna Wintour. You can find him and Anna giving runway collections the evil eye ever year in the front row.
There aren't that many people who can say they've had Anna Wintour host an intervention on their behalf, but Andre Leon Talley, never the smallest man, needed to lose some weight for health reasons. Anna Wintour is a true friend.
I love Andre Leon Talley for the poise and elegance he radiates. The man never stops smiling. He's the opposite Kanye. He's the kind of man that makes me feel like we're best friends and I've never met him.