The spirit and memory of André Leon Talley, the groundbreaking creative director, fashion designer, journalist, memoirist and media personality who died in January at the age of 73, was celebrated Friday at a memorial at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem. A who’s who from the fashion world was on hand to pay tribute to the famous black editor.
the New York Times reported this model Karlie Kloss was next to the old vogue creative director Grace Coddington “in the center of the church”. Bette Midler was also present, watching from the balcony. Naomi Campbell stopped at the neo-Gothic shrine on West 138th St. in an “all-white vintage Rolls-Royce” wearing a feathered outfit that evoked “an angelic swan heading for a gospel brunch,” as the Time Put the. Campbell was among those who spoke at the ceremony.
Anna Wintourglobal editorial director of vogue and global chief content officer of Condé Nast, was in attendance and also spoke, having worked with Talley for decades. (Talley was also previously a style editor for vanity lounge.) Julianne Moore, Marc Jacobs, Carolina Herrera, Diana of Furstenberg, Paula Wallace, Derek Blasberg, Zac Posen, Martha Stewart, Gayle King, Kimora Lee Simmons, Sandra Bernhard, Bethann Hardison, Kate Moss, Dario Calmese, Claire Sulmersand Emile Wilbekin were also present according to People, TMZand page 6.
Valerie Simpson paid a musical tribute by singing “Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing” while accompanying himself on the piano. Before it happens, she shared how Talley used to come to her living room candy bar and play the tambourine.
Pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church, the Reverend Calvin O. Butts, spoke of Talley’s character in his eulogy, according to the Time, who noted that Talley was private about his health issues before his death. “His transition was between him and God,” the Reverend mentioned.
Talley’s official Instagram, who lives on, shared the footage.
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