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Andr Leon Talley has spent a lifetime in fashion reporting on it, critiquing it, admiring it and wearing it. But in that moment he looks less like a fashion grandee and more like a Southern gentleman overseeing his acreage a man just home from Sunday service who would politely nod and tip his hat at any neighbor who happened past.

Talley is a tall, stately African American man. He is a Southerner. And he’s a churchgoer. More than anything else, these are cheap moncler sale the things that have shaped the way he has moved through life. They influence the cheap moncler jackets way he judges beauty and prioritizes grace. They fueled the ambition that put him so close to the summit of the fashion mountaintop that peak from which the great editors in chief rule. And they explain why he didn’t reach it.

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moncler jacket sale “I was so surprised that I’d said so many things and revealed something people didn’t know about me, which is my humanity,” Talley said. “People see the superficiality of the fashion world and maybe then see affectation. But that’s not me.” Or at least, it is not all that he is. moncler jacket sale

Every public figure has a personal history, moncler outlet store as well as an origin story. The latter is a bit of mythology that may or may not be laced with truth. “The Gospel According to Andr” is more of a personal history as told in anecdotes and snippets of conversation. Viewers meet Bruce Weaver, who was Talley’s best friend growing up. “He was the exact opposite of me,” Talley says. The audience moncler sale gets to know Talley’s moncler outlet online late grandmother through his memories and photographs. And they see snippets of the weekly fashion parade that Talley witnessed at Sunday morning church service.

The woman who offers the most insight into Talley and serves as the only other narrative voice aside from Talley himself is not another fashion editor or designer. It’s Eboni Marshall Turman, an assistant professor of theology and African American religion at Yale University Divinity School and a friend. She is the person who places Talley into a social context, considers how he has extended the definition of black manhood and makes moncler sale outlet plain that race matters in his life. She poses the question of what it means be so singular in fashion to be, as a 1994 New Yorker profile put it, “The Only One.”

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moncler jackets outlet For much of his career, Talley didn’t discuss race. He didn’t refuse to engage on the subject; he implied that he couldn’t engage because he didn’t give it all that much thought. “Several people laughed, loudly. None laughed louder than Andr Leon Talley,” Als wrote. “But it seemed to me that a couple of things happened before he started laughing: he shuttered his eyes, his grin grew larger, and his back went rigid, as he saw his belief in the durability of glamour and allure shatter before him in a million glistening bits. Talley attempted to pick those pieces up.” moncler jackets outlet

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moncler outlet sale “Race does define me,” Talley said. “It feels more relevant now to cheap moncler outlet bring it to the forefront.”Talley recalls how during his early days at Vogue, Anna Wintour, the magazine’s editor in chief, would call “me in and quietly and directly ask me to look at a layout when it included people of color. She’d ask me, ‘Did I think it would offend anyone?’ ” In one case, he previewed a1999 fashion story featuring Kate Moss and Sean “P. Diddy” Combs as a glamorous couple in Paris. She wears slinky evening gowns; he’s draped in fur. Talleygave his approval. moncler outlet sale

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moncler outlet online Talley is no longer “the only one,” but he has yet to become one of many. “The industry has shifted in diversity, but not necessarily in terms of black people. We have models that are Muslim, transgender. The only great moment, the important moment for us is the appointment of Edward Enninful” as editor in chief of British Vogue, Talley said. “There have been black female editors at Cond Nast but none with the prestige of a Vogue. This took all cheap moncler coats these years. It’s the beginning of a defining moment.” moncler outlet online.