Anna Wintour ‘couldn’t say no’ to Billy Porter’s show-stopping 2019 Met Gala look

Anna Wintour couldn’t turn down Billy Porter’s request to be carried into the 2019 Met Gala by six shirtless men while dressed as an Egyptian sun king.The Vogue editor-in-chief has been the chairwoman of the prestigious fashion event since 1995, and at…

Anna Wintour couldn’t turn down Billy Porter’s request to be carried into the 2019 Met Gala by six shirtless men while dressed as an Egyptian sun king.

The Vogue editor-in-chief has been the chairwoman of the prestigious fashion event since 1995, and attendees are sometimes required to run their outfit choices past her to be approved.

The Pose star previously revealed that he had to ask Wintour for her permission to be carried down the red carpet by six men, while he lay atop the procession wearing a creation by The Blonds which featured 10-foot wings, a 24-carat gold headpiece, and custom Giuseppe Zanotti shoes.

And in a new interview conducted by Porter for The Hollywood Reporter, he quizzed the 70-year-old on her decision to approve his extravagant outfit.

“I get a lot of emails, a lot of text messages, every single day. I don’t often get an email saying, ‘I would like to arrive at the Met as an Egyptian sun king surrounded by six young men with no shirts on.’ I mean, how could you possibly say no?” she quipped.

Wintour added that the reception from the crowd when Porter arrived was so loud, that it broke a staff member’s phone.

“I don’t know if you know this, but when you arrived, there was such a roar from the crowds across the street that you blew out all the phones that the red carpet team had, and we had to get them new ones,” she told the Like a Boss actor.

“The applause was so loud. It was beyond anything and it was magnificent – such a perfect, fantastic choice for that particular night. It was historic. Congratulations,” Wintour added.

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Met Gala 2020 officially cancelled

The 2020 edition of the Met Gala has officially been cancelled. The annual Costume Institute Gala was due to be held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on 4 May, with the bash to celebrate the opening of the spring exhibition titled Ab…

The 2020 edition of the Met Gala has officially been cancelled.

The annual Costume Institute Gala was due to be held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on 4 May, with the bash to celebrate the opening of the spring exhibition titled About Time: Fashion and Duration.

Back in March, regular co-chair and U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour announced the fundraising event had been postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic, and museum officials subsequently declared on Tuesday that there will be no Met Gala this year.

The Met has been closed since March and it looks set to reopen in mid-August or shortly after, in accordance with New York authorities’ phased reopening plan for the city.

About Time: Fashion and Duration, which documents the changes in fashion throughout the Met’s 150-year history, is currently scheduled to open on 29 October and run until 7 February 2021.

Met officials have scrapped all talks, tours, concerts, and events to be held at the museum for the rest of 2020. They hope to resume the Met Gala and other events, including a belated celebration of its 150th anniversary, next year. The 2021 bash will be focused on next year’s Costume Institute exhibition.

The co-chairs of the 2020 edition were to include Louis Vuitton’s Nicolas Ghesquiere and Hollywood stars Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emma Stone, and Meryl Streep.

Founded in 1948, the Met Gala was established as a way to raise money for the newly-founded Costume Institute. Over the course of the gala’s history, it has been cancelled twice – following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963, and in 2002, after the September 11 terrorist attacks.

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Andre Leon Talley hopes new memoir will repair friendship with Anna Wintour

Andre Leon Talley hopes his new memoir will repair his friendship with Anna Wintour.The fashion journalist has candidly written about his broken relationship with the editor-in-chief of U.S. Vogue in his new book, The Chiffon Trenches, and despite clai…

Andre Leon Talley hopes his new memoir will repair his friendship with Anna Wintour.

The fashion journalist has candidly written about his broken relationship with the editor-in-chief of U.S. Vogue in his new book, The Chiffon Trenches, and despite claiming that Wintour is “not capable of simple human kindness” in the memoir, Talley, who served as the editor-at-large at U.S. Vogue magazine from 1998 until 2013, has insisted the book is a “love letter” to the 70-year-old.

“I think my relationship is in an iceberg with her,” Talley told Gayle King during an interview on CBS This Morning on Monday. “I hope that it will not be that forever.”

He admitted that Wintour read the final proof of the manuscript and only asked Talley to remove details about her daughter Bee Shaffer Carrozzini’s wedding and references to her doctor son Charles Shaffer.

“Indeed, it is probably very hard for her to read. It was painful for me to write this,” he explained. “She called me, she complimented me, she said, ‘Thank you for saying very nice things about me. I don’t want certain pages in the book,’ ⁠– and I removed them instantly.”

He went on to discuss the details of their dispute, which reportedly happened when Talley was dropped from hosting the Met Gala red carpet in 2018, but insisted he still wants to reconcile with his former friend.

“I owe to her the pioneering role that I had of a creative director of Vogue. I was the first black man to ever be named such. I owe that to Anna Wintour. I owe her much. And I think, in turn, I think she owes me,” he shared, noting that she owes him “kindness and simple grace”.

The Chiffon Trenches was released this week.

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Anna Wintour staged intervention to help Andre Leon Talley lose weight

Anna Wintour once staged an intervention to encourage Andre Leon Talley to lose weight.The 70-year-old fashion journalist, who served as the editor-at-large at U.S. Vogue magazine from 1998 until 2013, has revealed it was Wintour who prompted him to ki…

Anna Wintour once staged an intervention to encourage Andre Leon Talley to lose weight.

The 70-year-old fashion journalist, who served as the editor-at-large at U.S. Vogue magazine from 1998 until 2013, has revealed it was Wintour who prompted him to kick his bad eating habits during his 40s when he realised he had a problem with food.

“I began to realise I had a problem. I had never exercised,” he told People magazine, adding that Wintour, the editor-in-chief of U.S. Vogue, had noticed his weight gain and called him into her office.

“You need to start working out,” Wintour told him, and he lost weight and could finally “wear my beautiful suits.”

However, in 2004, he gained weight again and Wintour responded by staging an intervention in the Vogue conference dining room, where Talley was told to shift the pounds.

While he took a year to agree to their suggestion, he eventually spent several weeks at the Duke University Diet and Fitness Center in North Carolina.

“I emailed Anna every day about my weight loss,” he shared. “I had not been successful at dieting. But I did it. I lost 55lbs. But I did not follow the rules.”

The fashion journalist would return to the centre twice more, after he gained weight following unsuccessful gastric band surgery, with him confessing, “It’s the same with alcohol, I’d often say ‘I’ve fallen off the wagon,’ when I’d go back to Duke.”

Talley, who is known for wearing opulent kaftans, still struggles with his relationship with food every day.

“I cannot control this addiction… I am obese,” he admitted. “I am just a sinner when it comes to food. Yes, it’s an addiction. Overeating is an addiction: When you don’t realise that the calories that go in have to go out… I am a victim of my food. It is a behavioural problem. I’ve always associated food with love.”

Talley is promoting his memoir, The Chiffon Trenches, which is to be released on 19 May.

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Vogue and Amazon join forces on digital storefront initiative

Vogue executives have partnered with Amazon and the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) to launch a digital storefront initiative.Designed to boost small and medium-sized fashion businesses amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the e-commerce venture …

Vogue executives have partnered with Amazon and the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) to launch a digital storefront initiative.

Designed to boost small and medium-sized fashion businesses amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the e-commerce venture will be known as Common Threads: Vogue x Amazon Fashion.

The partnership, which went live earlier this week, was announced by U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.

“I want to thank Amazon Fashion, not only for its generous support of A Common Thread but also for so quickly sharing its resources to aid American designers affected by the pandemic,” she commented.

In addition to promoting the partnership, Amazon bosses have has committed to making a $500,000 (£410,000) donation to A Common Thread – the organisation recently started by Wintour and CFDA chairman Tom Ford to instigate broader fundraising for the fashion industry.

The Common Threads storefront will see Amazon’s state-of-the-art distribution services and digital marketplace connect designers with consumers, compensating for the foot traffic lost from brick and mortar stores during the lockdown.

It will also highlight small American brands to Amazon’s vast established customer base.

And Wintour acknowledged that although the undertaking would not resolve the crisis hitting the fashion business, it was one solution to a complex problem.

“While there isn’t one simple fix for our industry, which has been hit so hard, I believe this is an important step in the right direction,” the 70-year-old added.

Designers will be given a lot of brand control in the project and can set their own prices and select the items they want to merchandise. The first wave of brands to feature on the site will include Batsheva, Chloe Gosselin, Derek Lam 10 Crosby, Jonathan Cohen, Tabitha Simmons, Alejandra Alonso Rojas, and Victor Glemaud, with more to follow.

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Andre Leon Talley declined invitation to appear in The Devil Wears Prada

Andre Leon Talley declined an invitation to make a cameo in 2006 film The Devil Wears Prada.The journalist, who served as the editor-at-large at U.S. Vogue magazine from 1998 until 2013, is gearing up to release The Chiffon Trenches, a tell-all about h…

Andre Leon Talley declined an invitation to make a cameo in 2006 film The Devil Wears Prada.

The journalist, who served as the editor-at-large at U.S. Vogue magazine from 1998 until 2013, is gearing up to release The Chiffon Trenches, a tell-all about his career in the fashion industry extending back to his first job at Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine in 1974.

In an excerpt of the book obtained by People magazine, Talley touches upon David Frankel’s movie, about a powerful fashion editor and her new assistant, and he revealed that he was once approached by producers about an appearance.

“Someone called me and said, ‘Would you come and audition?’ And I said, ‘No! Goodbye!'” he commented.

Based on the 2003 novel by Lauren Weisberger, who previously worked as a personal assistant for Anna Wintour, many people believe the character of Miranda Priestly, as played by Meryl Streep, in The Devil Wears Prada was inspired by the longtime U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief. However, Talley insisted that the film didn’t “reflect the real world” of the magazine.

“At Vogue, girls did not run down the halls in stiletto heels into Ms. Wintour’s office. No. They got it so wrong… Anna Wintour would never walk in and throw down her coat and handbag on a desk. No,” the 70-year-old shared, adding that he believed Streep did a “great job” in the movie. “It was a combination of Anna Wintour and (late Harper’s Bazaar editor) Liz Tilberis.”

While Talley’s book was originally set to debut in September, in light of renewed interest in his often-rocky professional relationship with Wintour in recent weeks, it will now begin hitting shelves on 19 May.

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Naomi Campbell: ‘We knew how to dress up in the ’90s!’

Naomi Campbell has reflected on the enjoyment she had dressing up in the 1990s.The British supermodel launched her career in the late ’80s, and by the next decade, was one of the most sought-after names in the fashion industry. Recalling some of her to…

Naomi Campbell has reflected on the enjoyment she had dressing up in the 1990s.

The British supermodel launched her career in the late ’80s, and by the next decade, was one of the most sought-after names in the fashion industry.

Recalling some of her top Met Gala moments in a new video for Vogue.com, Naomi pinpointed her debut alongside Gianni Versace in 1990 as a highlight and noted that she had such a fun time in the colourful Versace minidress she wore for the night.

“I was in such awe to first be invited by Gianni Versace through my roommate Christy Turlington,” she shared. “The ’90s, you wore everything. You dressed up in the ’90s! It didn’t matter if you were just going to dinner. We would all go for dinner outside of work, Christy, Linda (Evangelista), and I, and we would dress up. Enjoy your clothes, enjoy your accessories, enjoy your hair!”

Naomi went on to speak about some of her other Met Gala ensembles, including the “fairy tale” Versace gown she sported to the 1995 event, as well as pieces from Comme des Garcons designer Rei Kawakubo and her “papa”, late couturier Azzedine Alaia.

But one of her all-time favourites has to be the mint green Alexander McQueen dress that brand founder Lee McQueen custom-made for her to wear to the ball back in 2006.

“As a Brit, I wanted to wear a Brit. I thought it would be a great idea if I wore Alexander McQueen. This was to be his last season at Givenchy. Anna (Wintour) actually chose the colour of my pale green dress and then Lee did his magic with the Givenchy staff. And one of the things I remember so much from the fitting is how much Lee loved his staff and how he treated them. It just one of my fittings that I’ll never forget,” the 49-year-old smiled.

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Anna Wintour excited for changes to fashion industry

Anna Wintour is excited to see how the fashion industry responds to new challenges posed by the coronavirus crisis.In an opinion piece published on Vogue.com on Monday, the U.S. magazine’s editor-in-chief marked the Covid-19 pandemic as a catalyst for …

Anna Wintour is excited to see how the fashion industry responds to new challenges posed by the coronavirus crisis.

In an opinion piece published on Vogue.com on Monday, the U.S. magazine’s editor-in-chief marked the Covid-19 pandemic as a catalyst for much-needed change in the industry, with her writing, “Fashion has talked about change for years and now it finally is changing”.

Despite her sadness for those affected, Wintour is glad the virus has forced people to adapt accordingly and is making fashion designers ask themselves questions such as: “How will new collections emerge? How will they be shown? Not in the old ways, and I for one am excited about that.”

She cited a recent episode of Vogue’s Global Conversations, a live video chat discussion among designers such as Kerby Jean-Raymond of Pyer Moss, Simon Porte Jacquemus, Marni’s Francesco Risso, and John Galliano of Maison Margiela and praised them for “thinking about the future in radical ways.”

One designer who earned Wintour’s particular admiration was Giorgio Armani, who has relocated the presentation of his couture collection from Paris this summer to Milan in January 2021.

Applauding the move, Wintour wrote: “What a benefit to Milan, which has been hit hard by this pandemic, and what a positive model for the industry in that Armani’s collection will be seasonless, reflecting Giorgio’s important statement that fashion must respond to this crisis by making less, and creating more long-lasting designs. I applaud what he’s doing and know that others in fashion are watching these developments closely.”

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Vogue hosting virtual Met Gala event

Editors at U.S. Vogue magazine will be hosting a virtual Met Gala event on YouTube on Monday.The annual Costume Institute Gala was due to be held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on 4 May, with the fashion bash set to celebrate the op…

Editors at U.S. Vogue magazine will be hosting a virtual Met Gala event on YouTube on Monday.

The annual Costume Institute Gala was due to be held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on 4 May, with the fashion bash set to celebrate the opening of the spring exhibition titled About Time: Fashion and Duration.

But while regular co-chair and U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour confirmed that the 2020 Met Gala would be postponed indefinitely back in March due to the coronavirus crisis, she has now unveiled a line-up of online content for keen fashionistas.

“It would be impossible to recreate the gala on Monday evening, though I have loved hearing how so many are marking the occasion in their own ways,” she said. “So instead, I asked a few friends to join me for a simple moment – one that I hope will bring us all a bit of joy.”

The programming will kick off with a look at actress Liza Koshy’s best red carpet moments, followed by British supermodel Naomi Campbell reflecting on some of her most iconic looks.

The A Moment With the Met will begin at 6pm EST, with the livestream to include performances from Florence + The Machine and a DJ set by Louis Vuitton menswear designer Virgil Abloh. Another clip, entitled Everything You Need to Know About the Met Gala, is to start after.

And on Tuesday, fashion stars such as Cardi B, Jeremy Scott, Liv Tyler, and Stella McCartney will take part in further Met Gala-related discussions.

As part of the initiative, bosses at Vogue will be donating to the Costume Institute and A Common Thread, the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund for Covid-19 relief. They will be asking viewers to consider contributing if they can.

While guests for the 2020 Met Gala were not revealed prior to the postponement, the evening’s co-chairs were to include Louis Vuitton’s Nicolas Ghesquiere and Hollywood stars Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emma Stone, and Meryl Streep.

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Andre Leon Talley promises new memoir will ‘astonish’ readers

Andre Leon Talley believes the stories in his upcoming memoir will “astonish” readers.The fashion journalist, who served as the editor-at-large at U.S. Vogue magazine from 1998 until 2013, is gearing up to release The Chiffon Trenches – a tell-all abou…

Andre Leon Talley believes the stories in his upcoming memoir will “astonish” readers.

The fashion journalist, who served as the editor-at-large at U.S. Vogue magazine from 1998 until 2013, is gearing up to release The Chiffon Trenches – a tell-all about his career in the fashion industry extending all the way back to his first job at Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine back in 1974.

While Talley’s book was originally set to debut in September, in light of renewed interest in his professional relationship with U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour in recent weeks, it will now begin hitting shelves on 19 May.

“As one of the great French literary writers, Jean Cocteau, said; ‘Astonish Me.’ I hope my new memoir, THE CHIFFON TRENCHES, will astonish all readers. I went into the deepest core of my being; my memory is intact,” he wrote in a post on his Instagram page. “It is a deeply personal story of a life well lived within the world of fashion, in all of its most glamorous and cutthroat moments. I have communed with the greats. And I am thrilled to announce the new publication date, by popular demand: May 19, 2020.”

The Chiffon Trenches is priced at $28 (£22) and is now available for pre-order.

According to the publishers at Penguin Random House, the memoir will explore Talley’s first jobs, professional relationships with key designers, including Karl Lagerfeld, Yves Saint Laurent, and Oscar de la Renta, as well as his “unlikely but intimate friendship” with Wintour at Vogue.

“The Chiffon Trenches offers a candid look at the who’s who of the last 50 years of fashion,” a summary reads. “At once ruthless and empathetic, this engaging memoir tells with raw honesty the story of how Andre not only survived the brutal style landscape but thrived – despite racism, illicit rumours, and all the other challenges of this notoriously cutthroat industry – to become one of the most renowned voices and faces in fashion.”

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