• The Chiffon Trenches

The Chiffon Trenches

During André Leon Talley’s first magazine job, alongside Andy Warhol at Interview, a fateful meeting with Karl Lagerfeld began a decades-long friendship with the enigmatic designer. Propelled into the upper echelons by his fashion expertise, André moved to Paris as bureau chief of Women’s Wear Daily, befriending fashion’s most important designers. But as André made friends, he also made enemies. A racist encounter with a member of the house of Yves Saint Laurent sent him back to New York and into the offices of Vogue under Grace Mirabella, where he developed an unlikely bond with Anna Wintour. As Wintour rose to the top of Vogue’s masthead, André ascended as creative director, and soon became the most influential man in fashion.

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