André Leon Talley Likes Uggs, Too

André Leon Talley Likes Uggs, Too

1/24/2021 9:02:00 AM

André Leon Talley Likes Uggs, Too

The author and former fashion editor on his Ugg Feel campaign, his trademark coats and capes, Bridgerton and more.

What's the significance of shooting on your porch?It's my favorite part of my house. I entertain during the pandemic on the porch, during the warm weather. I did all my lunches and dinners outside on the porch because that was the social protocol to avoid COVID. The porch is a symbol of who I am because the porch is part of the Southern way I grew up. We could sit on the porch, all afternoon when it was very hot, and have family over, and talk. When I decided I was going to do this campaign, I wasn't going to go into town, they had to come to my house. But I wasn't going to allow them in, so the only practical place was to be outside on the porch.

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This content is imported from YouTube. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.Reflecting on your career, how did being the sole Black editor at the helm of a prestigious publication strengthen your ambitions?

It kept me going. I kept getting up every morning and doing the job as best I could, as best I knew how. I tried to represent my race. I felt it was very powerful to be in that position and I always kept a positive outlook. I kept going, kept going, kept going. I am most proud of my time at Vogue Magazine. I am proud to have been the person who interviewed Michelle Obama for her first cover story when she became the first lady. That was my highest achievement.

Courtesy of UggWhat's your general view of the fashion industry today?It is always moving upward and it's always going to be there and it's going to survive through all the ups and downs of 2020 and 2021. There's always going to be fashion as long as you wake up, and get up, and have to leave your house, there's always going to be someone making fashion. I love the changes I've been seeing lately, like the fact that Ugg picked me to be an iconic brand rep. A 72-year-old black man representing their brand—that's one of the significant changes.

Who have you been paying attention to in the fashion industry?LaQuan Smith. He's self-made, self-taught, and he's sophisticated.Assistant EditorNerisha is the assistant editor at, covering all things beauty and fashion.This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses. You may be able to find more information about this and similar content at

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of course he does ..! they're bloody comfortable!! and apparently bed linens as clothing