A New Line: A Conversation with Robin Givhan & André Leon Talley

Last night was kinda epic! A word overused yet in this scenario seems far too basic to describe being in the room amongst two, Black and living fashion legends. For the second program in a new live interview series,  Robin Givhan, Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and Fashion Critic from the Washington Post interviewed contributing editor at Vogue, author, and style icon André Leon Talley.

A New Line With Robin Givhan and Andre Leon Talley

Held at the Washington Post building, Robin Givhan chatted with Mr. Talley about his life and career at the intersection of fashion, politics, business and culture. The room quickly filled to capacity before the program began. The diverse audience was full of fashion enthusiasts across all ages.


For the next hour Robin led an inspiring and candid conversation with Mr. Talley. He shared so much valuable information in a short amount of time. He touched on a little bit of everything from his childhood, earliest fashion influences, his style, social media, Netflix and personal stories from working with some of his favorite designers and celebrities. The room erupted with laughter several times because ALT is full of personality. He’s an incredibly interesting man with a knack for story telling. I found myself taking notes on my iPhone. Here are a few highlights:

Behind every collection is a narrative. Get to know the narrative behind the clothes.

Don’t dress to be seen. It’s a moral issue to look good. Wear what you want!

People will remember you for your manners and your style.

One of his favorite celebrities he’s styled is Nicole Kidman. She has an amazing sense of humor. He also loves Big Little Lies on HBO.

Everything is a moment in Fashion.

A great audience question: Who should we know that we don’t? Bethann Hardison and Manolo Blahnik.


For all those who missed it you can watch the entire conversation below. Check it out when you have an hour to spare.

Special thank you to Robin Givhan, André Leon Talley, and The Washington Post for such an inspiring evening and opportunity that I will cherish for years to come!


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