Tyra Banks has always wanted Vogue editor-at-large André Leon Talley to join America's Next Top Model. When she initially proposed the idea, he didn't bite. "At that point, I said no because it was the beginning. I was thinking I wanted to see where it goes," he said. Fourteen seasons later, Talley is on board! Starting March 10, you will be able to see and hear the stylish man give his opinions as a guest judge; he will take the place of J. Alexander, who will now coach strutting to the models. How does Talley's boss, Anna Wintour, feel about his latest gig? "I think his latest adventure sounds like a lot of fun and I look forward to watching him on the program." Do you agree?
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Andre Leon Talley Has 13 Custom-Made Capes and a Catchphrase for His First Judging Season on America's Next Top Model
>> Tyra Banks first approached Andre Leon Talley to be on America's Next Top Model eight years ago. “At that point," he told WWD, "I said no because it was the beginning. I was thinking I wanted to see where it goes.” Fast forward to 2010 and cycle 14 of the show, which premieres March 10 on The CW, with Talley on the judging panel:
I felt maybe I could contribute something to it that had not been on the show. I just felt that it was a way to step out of the box and associate myself with a very important American success story, a very important brand — Tyra Banks.
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>> Andre Leon Talley on Golden Globe Fashion; Plus: Are Designers Ruining Their Market By Loaning Dresses for Red Carpet Events? —After Cathy Horyn tore into this year's Golden Globes fashion a couple of days ago, Andre Leon Talley, too, wrote about his frustration yesterday — his post started with: "When you start watching red-carpet shows at 6:00 pm and don’t see a stunning dress until 9:00 pm — Julianna Margulies’s ruby paillette crepe robe de style with cutouts, by Narciso Rodriguez — it’s sad what passes for style in Hollywood." But speaking of red carpet fashion, Decades' Cameron Silver, in speaking to Fashionista, brings up an interesting point: "It’s a little frustrating to watch the fashion industry, they’ve basically lost their bread and butter, which is rich people and celebrities buying clothes, by just loaning everything out [for red carpet events]." [Vogue, Fashionista]
>> Andre Leon Talley's New TV Role Not Wintour-Approved? —Earlier this month, it was confirmed that Andre Leon Talley would be filling a full-time judge role for the fourteenth cycle of America's Next Top Model. However, word is that Anna Wintour is less than pleased with his new direction: she apparently hasn't approved the new post, even with "numerous pleas" from show creator Tyra Banks. [LA Times, @jcreportglobal]
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It's time to tune into America's Next Top Model, André Leon Talley is judging the next season which is being filmed currently in New Zealand.
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>> Andre Leon Talley, self-professed "big proponent of the man-bag" and owner of a custom-made Diane von Furstenberg caftan, is also a big proponent of shopping high and low, he tells Time Out New York: "You cannot live your life in the elitist world of fashion and not step out or you’re disconnected. You have to realize that fashion is not the endgame. I started wearing Uggs two years ago. It’s a cozy shoe. Also, they’re only $98." In fact, at home, he wears "Juicy Couture shorts, a Ralph Lauren polo shirt and Uggs." But don't expect him to wear Crocs. "I draw the line at Uggs."
He took up horseback riding and tennis after Anna Wintour prompted him to lose weight, but isn't afraid to split a chocolate creme brulee "just for a taste!" When Time Out asked him if he though of the Vogue offices as "a mecca of skinniness," he responded:
The Vogue offices are full of what I call very annnnnnnngular women wearing stilettos, and maybe that’s just the consciousness — that people think that they need this look when they work at Vogue. But Grace Coddington does not fit that mold and she’s elegant. Look at Michelle Obama, she’s the most fashionable woman in America. But she’s not a fashion plate.
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