CHALLENGE CELEBRATION: Friends and followers of Andre Leon Talley may have to wait until May to attend a memorial service for him.
Former editor at Vogue has been the subject of numerous media articles, social media posts and tributes since his sudden death on January 18. Members of Talley’s inner circle have been busy helping to sort out his affairs and map out the details of a gathering in his memory. The Abyssinian Baptist Church, where Talley regularly attends services, is expected to be the setting, according to his friend Jonathan Becker.
While no schedule has been planned yet, Talley’s friends are heading to an event in early May for a variety of European fashionistas and other special guests who will be heading to New York. to attend the Met Gala, will be able to celebrate Talley’s life. also. “Andre’s life will be celebrated for a long time,” said his longtime friend Diane von Furstenberg.
Talley’s attorney Erik Weinick declined to comment on his estate. He said that the legal dispute over ownership of Talley’s $1 million home in White Plains, NY, between the late fashion journalist and George Malkemus and Anthony Yurgaitis was amicably resolved before it was settled. Malkemus passed away last year. Edward David, the lawyer for Malkemus and Yurgaitis, also confirmed it. That allowed Talley to continue living there.
Talley’s archives are slated to go to the Savannah College of Art and Design, the school he championed and which has a gallery named after him sponsored by von Furstenberg. “Andre is a real, true, real friend of mine. Last night I went back and reread hundreds of emails [that he had written]. We’ve actually been in a relationship – for real – for 48 years. And I fell in love with him,” she said.
Upon hearing the audio version of his book, “The Chiffon Trenches: A Memoir,” the designer said the fact that it was in his voice made it all more poignant.
Talley was working on a project or two before her death at White Plains Hospital. One of the things that has been polished is the partnership with Tiffany & Co. in an upcoming book project.
Emphasizing how Talley had so many truly loyal people around him, von Furstenberg named Carolina Herrera, Annette de la Renta, Manolo Blahnik, Becker, and his wife Alexandra. [Kotur] and Maureen Dowd. “A lot of people love him. And Anna [Wintour] love him too,” said von Furstenberg of the editor-in-chief of Vogue who went through a bitter affair with Talley that he felt hurt but last week who announced that the two made up before he passed away.
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