'That is what style is—it’s a question of one's attitude. It's a reflection of one's own expression of themselves, the way you present yourself to the world,' proclaimed Andre Leon Talley during last night's conversation with Manolo Blahnik.
Blahnik, wearing fuchsia suede slippers, and Talley, in a Stephen Jones hat worn by Karlie Kloss at the recent Galliano show, held forth on a feast of film references and anecdotes from their decades in style. Sentences like, 'Once, I was with Grace Jones in Monaco...' and 'The best feet Manolo has ever seen belong to Raquel Welch,' flew.
The audience was rapt - and if they weren't rapt enough, Talley let them know. He scolded one front row guest for typing into her phone. She was just taking notes the modern way, she said. 'Darling, we are not of the modern world,' Talley retorted.
Though notionally appearing to speak about New York style versus London style, the two arbiters of taste instead led their audience on a guided tour through films that matter to fashion. Their list of must-sees? The Women, Shanghai Express, Il Lavoro, The Damned, Sweet Bird of Youth, Marie Antoinette, Lady Sings the Blues, Mommy Dearest, Jezebel, Anna Karenina, Cabin in the Sky, Stormy Weather, Senso, Talk to Her, The Leopard and The Conformist. Film club, anyone?