Tuesday, July 25, 2006

The Black Devil Wears Prada...

I would love to be his assistant, other than the fact that hes not too easy on the eyes. Here's a little more about Sir. Andre Leon Talley.

[The unstoppable, unforgettable André Leon Talley, Vogue magazine’s editor at large, embodies the essence of the American spirit—the self-made man who has risen through the ranks of the elite high fashion industry with subtle perseverance, incomparable elegance, and searing wit over the past three decades. “Style transcends race, class, and time,” Talley explains; his inestimable influence can be seen everywhere, from the runways and the glossies to the backstage parties and the streets.

.L.T. 365+ is the only book to bring you the most illustrious players of our day living the life without thinking twice, all posing for Talley’s camera—legendary designers Karl Lagerfeld, John Galliano, Miuccia Prada, Oscar de la Renta, Manolo Blahnik, Diane von Furstenberg, Tom Ford, Donatella Versace, Stella McCartney, Stephen Jones, and Zac Posen; famed models Iman, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Linda Evangelista, Sophie Dahl, Stella Tennant, and Carmen Kass; superstar drag queens Lypsinka and Lady Bunny; hip hop icons Russell Simmons, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, and Jay-Z; reigning divas Liza Minnelli, Diana Ross, Patti LaBelle, Mariah Carey, Beyoncé, Queen Latifah, and Boy George; among many others. Unvarnished, unairbrushed, and full of love, A.L.T. 365+ reveals a world where style is as style does.

André Leon Talley received his M.A. in French studies from Brown University. He joined Vogue magazine in 1983 as fashion news director and served as creative director from 1988 to 1995. After living in Paris for a number of years, he returned to Vogue in 1998 as editor at large. The author of A.L.T.: A Memoir (Villard, 2003), Talley was nominated for an Emmy Award for his weekly segment on Metro TV’s “Full Frontal Fashion” called Vogue’s Talley. He is a member of the board of trustees of the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia where a Lifetime Achievement Award has been named for him. He lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.]

His book [A.L.T. 365+] is one of the books I plan to read before summers end.. he's a very inspirational figure to me, not only because of his involvement in the high fashion industry, but also because he's over come so many seemingly difficult racial barriers, both in the industry, as well as in high society, that are truly eye opening to me. Though perhaps my dreams arnt to be known world wide, or to hang out with Karl Lagerfeld, or to have a huge presents in the worlds biggest fashion magazine, but I would love nothing more than to be on the top of the modeling industry, working, going to shows and parties, living my life, happily, and always learning and traveling and hopefully having someone I love to come home too.. but thats another issue.