André Leon Talley Loves the Controversial Vogue Cover

Vice-President Harris was on the campaign trail in those sneakers, that Donald Deal jacket, that white T-shirt, and those trousers. Yes, she’s going to be dressed up for the important occasions. This interview has been edited and condensed. It was the perfect escape. I love the cover. I read that they created 7,500 costumes for the entire series. She deserves everything they give her. She’s a beautiful woman. I was just reading about Madame Vionnet, so that’s why I’m telling you that. On December 26, I watched half of it again. On whether or not Vogue cover subjects ever get final approval:No! I do believe that if Anna Wintour photographed a subject who wore Uggs, she would put them on the cover. On Uggs:I’ve been wearing Uggs off and on for about ten years. On whether we’ll ever see Uggs on the cover of Vogue:I think the world is definitely moving in that direction, totally. I love it. If it was an integral part of the person’s wardrobe. There’s room for everyone. Times have changed. Everyone. Ms. André Leon Talley. The colors are great. Seated in front of his home in White Plains, New York, the former Vogue editor was photographed looking regal, confident, and comfortable in his signature Norma Kamali sleeping-bag coat, with a pair of lace-up shearling booties on his feet. And it shows! Whenever they started making them for men, I went for it. It goes back to Ugg. Therefore, she becomes symbolic of a woman who is so secure that she knows she can put on a stiletto heel and walk proudly. It came as a surprise the day it happened, but I was not surprised. It’s as minimalist and modern as a Madame Vionnet bias-cut dress from the 1920s — and we’re in 2021. Photo: UGG

Last Wednesday, in the midst of so much ugliness and chaos, the reveal of André Leon Talley’s new Ugg campaign provided what the man himself might call a feast for starving eyes. Never! It’s positive. I am devastated that our country has come to this. Uggs do that for my foot. On the Kamala Harris Vogue cover:I love it! to 6:30 p.m. Everyone. But to choose me, a 72-year-old man, it was a very big achievement in my life. This is history, but this is the wrong history. Not a Cabinet that is all rich billionaires. A return to decency. It’s an unexpected, iconic image for a brand like Ugg. Young women and girls will see that cover and be inspired. This is part of the reason why [the insurrectionists] reacted so violently; they realized that a new day had come — and from the southern, white supremacist South. Yes, she dressed up in Carolina Herrera the night that they gave their speech. It was a savage mob. It was terrorism on our country’s soil. I think it’s wonderfully cast, beautifully filmed, and in a beautiful location. The pandemic is full of fear, and you just want to wrap up and feel safe. I’m very religious — I read the Bible, and I go to church when I can — and I’ve always said there’s going to be a reckoning and blood is going to be shed before this man is out of the White House. Ugg is my Converse sneaker. The world is more accessible; the world is more approachable. I expected it to happen. (I refuse to say his name because he’s just a horror, and his whole administration is horrible, and one cannot associate with those people.) I didn’t know how, or when, or where the situation would be, but I knew there was going to be a reckoning in this country, and it happened last week. Everyone should be held accountable. I was also told that Edward Enninful was promoted as well, and he deserves it all, too. I’m tired of this cancel culture. This is her uniform du jour. [Laughs.] You must connect things in history. I haven’t slept well since. I love it! Now, I live in the coat all winter long. I understand that they’re going to [shoot] other people like Iman. Not a Cabinet that is all one color. At 72, to have that job, is very, very, very impressive. Anna Wintour made the right choice. On watching the news last week:On Wednesday, I watched the news from 1 p.m. But, you know what, she is a woman who’s 56 years old, who feels comfortable in a pair of Converse sneakers, and she makes them elegant. On his Norma Kamali sleeping-bag coats:I’ve been wearing them for years. I know Reverend Warnock well; he was the first junior minister at my church, the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem. It was totally wrong. She is authentic and secure enough — apparently she styled her own photoshoot with her own wardrobe — and she chose to be photographed in that. Harris represents a woman of power — a woman who will be the second most powerful person in the land — but she represents an ease. and I’m still not over it. People who care about the ordinary man. It was always my favorite utilitarian go-to coat. This is Vogue magazine. [The cover] is chosen by Anna Wintour, who is at the helm of the magazine. I turned everyone onto it over Christmas. I’m honored and I’m flattered to be the image of Ugg in 2021. You can’t just sit down and take things at face value, in the way that people jump on things on the internet. Many felt the casual cover was disrespectful, but not Talley, who has a history of loyally defending the magazine’s editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour. Years! From the people who’ve been outed by their wives to the FBI to the senators to the president. I turned my friend Anette de la Renta onto it. This is what we need: people of honor and decency in our government. I’m 72 years old and I’m a Black man. I don’t want to be pretentious enough to compare myself to Kamala Harris, but that’s what it is for me. She’s gone through many battles. No matter if you’re the queen of England. They will think: This is what I want to be when I grow up. “Ugg is my Converse sneaker,” Talley told the Cut on Monday afternoon, when he dialed in from his TV room with the news muted in the background. It’s modern. On what he’s watching besides the news:Bridge-er-ton. Michelle Obama didn’t get a final choice. By Emilia Petrarca

André Leon Talley. I said, “You’ve got to watch this!” and she also became addicted. He’s a very decent, focused, and honorable man. People should stop this cancel culture, because you’re never going to cancel her out! And I have an original blue one from when she first made them in the ’70s. She’s worked hard. On Anna Wintour’s recent promotion:She’s the empress. He was thinking of the way Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris wears Converse, particularly on the controversial cover of this February’s Vogue. You must! But she also knows she can walk proudly in comfort. I have three red ones and one stenciled black-and-gray one. I watched it on Christmas night — all eight episodes until the wee dawn of the morning. “I love it!” he said. Yes, she has to dress up for the Inaugural. One can never get over it. Oh, it’s fabulous! I love the pink and green background; it represents the colors of her sorority at Howard, and she’s proud to have been a member. I used to wear them to Fashion Week. People are more approachable. “I think she made the right choice.”

Below, Talley discusses everything he loves (and detests) at the moment. And then on the 27th, I watched the whole thing again. It was my utilitarian-chic footwear to hit the trenches of the front rows. I challenged my mind to figure out which houses they filmed in. I love it because that picture of her with Chuck sneakers represents the new world order — the modernity of our first female, Black, South Asian vice-president. Photo: UGG

On the Democratic wins in Georgia:That was great news! I wish her all the best.

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