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Andre Leon Talley Adores Zac Posen, Anna Cleveland, and Says Anna Wintour Was "Thrilled" with 60 Minutes

Andre Leon Talley Adores Zac Posen, Anna Cleveland, and Says Anna Wintour Was "Thrilled" with 60 Minutes

>> Andre Leon Talley has been eliciting remarks for the rose-hued Prada coat and "raspberry velvet" custom-made Manolo Blahnik sandals he's been wearing around town to the resort shows — Diane von Furstenberg's and Oscar de la Renta's among them — but he had some remarks of his own on the 60 Minutes profile of Anna Wintour.

"I was really impressed with their research," Andre told Mediabistro yesterday, adding that he found reporter Morley Safer to be "a bit dismissive" of fashion and its players, particularly when he likened Karl Lagerfeld to Dracula — "He's had that look for eight years!"  As for Anna's thoughts on the piece, Andre said that she was "thrilled. It's 60 Minutes — she was on the same show as Secretary Gates. It was fabulous."

Other things that are "fabulous" »

The latter word seemed to come up a lot in his conversation with Mediabistro: "The resort shows are fabulous.  It's become a much more interesting season where people are really doing some fabulous things."  He named among his highlights Diane von Furstenberg's collection — "It's her best collection in three years," Michael Kors batik prints, and blogged today about the thrill he got at Zac Posen's Cruise show:

[It] was as exciting as any of his runways shows during Fashion Week . . . Zac sat along his red-carpet runway, delivering commentary wittier than most of the rubbish on fashion reality-television shows. You get a real sense of fast-paced forwardness at one of his resort shows. Actually, I prefer his showroom installations — a mix of models and mannequins and a deejay on a turntable — to the extravagant shows, like his fall/winter one where the 5 Browns played five Steinway grand pianos in the center of the runway.  Zac Posen is terrific.  Not even 30, he can pull out of his magic hat powerful modernity and true sophistication.

ALT also pledged adoration for Pat Cleveland's daughter Anna, who walked at Zac's show: "[She] could light up many a resort presentation with her youthful zest. It’s refreshing to see a model respond to the music, room, and look she is wearing. I recommended her that afternoon to both Carolina Herrera and Diane von Furstenberg for their showroom previews (they both took my advice, and Diane called her 'divine')."

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