>> Still no clues about why Anna Wintour skipped couture in Paris last week, but now we know why Andre Leon Talley was spotted at a Whole Foods in Raleigh, North Carolina, neighboring on Durham, where he grew up, instead of watching the latest handsewn creations from Lacroix, Dior, and Chanel waltz by.
Talley was noshing on "Southern ham and baked chicken," he writes, along with 200 other guests July 5 (the day before couture began) at a brunch hosted by Dr. Maya Angelou at her compound in Winston-Salem: "At the end of the afternoon, everyone listened to Dr. Angelou, seated at her writing table in her family room, as she shared her thoughts on the importance of sharing this kind of reunion, a celebration of 'Who we are.'"
The night before, he wore a white robe »
The night before, he attended the Ashford & Simpson All White Party (to which it appears he wore a white robe and necklace down to his navel — picture evidence here), hosted by a producer couple: "Guests wore white, representing purity of spirit, all weekend. The event was about coming together, no matter one’s ethnicity or persuasion." Afterward, they were "shuttle-bused to Graylyn Estates, the manor turned luxury hotel" where "Harlem-based choreographer George Faison, the first African-American to win a Tony for choreography for his work on The Wiz, led a mini cultural tour of African-American song and dance."