It’s code for the minute that a dress, or an element of design, becomes an image held aloft in the minds of the few individuals whose opinions in fashion matter.
In our conversations, he talked about the beauty of the 18th-century-style settings in diamond earrings created by JAR (Joel Arthur Rosenthal), the world’s most exclusive jeweler; David Geffen’s “ultimate” chauffeur, outfitted in what looked like a Duke of Windsor suit and sent by Geffen to bring guests to his Beverly Hills estate, formerly owned by Jack Warner; and the extraordinary long black lambskin gloves that Kerry Washington bought in Paris for the Met gala this year. He told her about Singapore, where he had been a few days prior, at the Chanel cruise show.
”It was quiet in Balducci’s, with only the sounds of cash registers pinging and a few shoppers chatting as they hunched over coffee and croissants. “Just last night, I went to dinner with my friend Gloria von Thurn und Taxis, and she had her gloves on, because her husband taught her to wear them,” declared Talley.
But Talley’s voice, with its Pavarotti-like range and unique timbre, rang out at times like a bugle, the kind once used to command soldiers to charge on the battlefield—though Talley tends to use his instrument to tell women what to wear. “She has drawers and drawers of gloves, some in leather, some in cloth.”In fact, he explained, he had just met with Ms.
“I feel he has seen and absorbed [fashion history] firsthand.
Thus, the character—the invention—that he is is made up of so many real, incredible moments.”“Moments” is a word those at the tippy-top of fashion often use.