In his memoir, The Chiffon Trenches, André Leon Talley has thrown light on his feud with Anna Wintour.
“My story is a fairy tale. And in every fairy tale, there is darkness”, André Leon Talley says in his memoir. Talley’s tell-all memoir, The Chiffon Trenches, became available to purchase on May 19th. The book is a bittersweet account of a lifetime spent on the front-lines of fashion. It also contains some audacious revelations about the make-believe industry. The Vogue, and Anna Wintour, of course also receive some shade.
André Leon Talley Narrates His Fashion Journey In The Chiffon Trenches
The Chiffon Trenches encompasses the entire era Talley spent at The Vogue. The anecdote recounts several delicious stories from the career of the kaftan-clad editor-at-large. It talks about his shopping trips to Florence. It illustrates the serene Bath weekends with Manolo Blahnik. It mentions his first-class flights to Biarritz. And it even reminiscences the bread-supers with Karl Lagerfeld.
Talley has documented his entire career in the heartfelt recollection. But these aspects aren’t the ones racking up an avalanche of media attention. Rather- it’s his feud with Anna Wintour that is attracting eyes.
André Leon Talley intends for The Chiffon Trenches to be an epistle to Anna Wintour. Talley has had good times and bad times with the powerful queen of Vogue. But, his memoir is not a salacious, dishy gossip piece. It is a dignified remembrance of things in the past. It holds both flickers of joy and plagues of betrayal.
How Did The Feud Between Anna Wintour And André Leon Talley Start?
In The Chiffon Trenches, Talley talks about Vogue’s podcast of 2016. Anna Wintour had enlisted the firm’s first black creative director as its host. And André Leon Talley did his job with a piercing roar. His roster of interviewees included everyone from Kim Kardashian to Vera Wang. In fact, some guests also impressed Anna Wintour who later descended from her office to join the discussion.
Everything seemed fine, until one day, out of the blue, the podcast no longer existed. André Leon Talley’s divinely underpaid hosting gig was over. And, so was his harmony with Anna Wintour.
Later Days: A Resolute André Leon Talley And Anna Wintour Head Separate Ways
In a similar stride, Anna Wintour also dismissed André Leon Talley from his role at the Met Gala. Talley would interview celebs at the Met Gala on Livestream. But in 2018, the task was ‘beneath him’. A part of Talley realized that he was suddenly too old, too overweight, and too uncool. But, another part of him demanded an explanation. Talley believes that in the early days of his career, Anna respected him and cared for him. But, as time passed by, it was just one silent decimation after another. And it led the kinship to hit a roadblock.
In The Chiffon Trenches, Talley recalls the emotional scarring inflicted by Anna Wintour. According to Talley, Anna isn’t capable of simple human kindness. Her stone-cold business decisions never take into account the sentiments of her co-workers. For Anna, the relevant people perch on the highest ranks of their fields. Serena Williams, The Clooneys, and Roger Federer are all her associates. But, her ultimate right-hand-man is insignificant now that he is old.
André Leon Talley Is Awaiting An Apology From Anna Wintour
Despite everything, André Leon Talley would still take a call from Anna Wintour. He is still an integral part of Met Gala’s couture fittings. But, with his book being published, Talley will be surprised if this continues in subsequent years. After all these years of disappointing friendships, Talley deservedly awaits an apology. He wants Anna to reflect on their relationship, even if it happens moments before his death. All Talley wants is for Anna to come to him and say, “I love you. You have no idea how much you have meant to me.”