New York Times Best Seller From the pages ofÂ VogueÂ to the runways of Paris, thisÂ âcaptivatingâ (Time)Â memoir by a legendary style icon captures the fashion world from the inside out, in its most glamorous and most cutthroat moments. âThe Chiffon Trenches honestly and candidly captures 50 sublime years of fashion.â (Manolo Blahnik) Named one of the best books of the year by NPR, Fortune, and Garden & Gun During AndrÃ© Leon Talleyâs first magazine job, alongside Andy Warhol at Interview, a fateful meeting with Karl Lagerfeld began a decades-long friendship with the enigmatic, often caustic designer. Propelled into the upper echelons by his knowledge and adoration of fashion, AndrÃ© moved to Paris as bureau chief of John Fairchildâs Womenâs Wear Daily, befriending fashionâs most important designers (Halston, Yves Saint Laurent, Oscar de la Renta). But as AndrÃ© made friends, he also made enemies. A racially tinged encounter with a member of the house of Yves Saint Laurent sent him back to New York and into the offices of Vogue under Grace Mirabella. There, he eventually became creative director, developing an unlikely but intimate friendship with Anna Wintour. As she rose to the top of Vogueâs masthead, AndrÃ© also ascended and soon became the most influential man in fashion. The Chiffon Trenches offers a candid look at the whoâs who of the last 50 years of fashion. At once ruthless and empathetic, this engaging memoir tells with raw honesty the story of how AndrÃ© not only survived the brutal style landscape but thrived - despite racism, illicit rumors, and all the other challenges of this notoriously cutthroat industry - to become one of the most renowned voices and faces in fashion. Woven throughout the audiobook are also AndrÃ©âs own personal struggles that have impacted him over the decades, along with intimate stories of those he has turned to for inspiration (Diana Vreeland, Diane von FÃ¼rstenberg, Lee Radziwill, to name a few), and of course his Southern roots and ongoing faith, which have guided him since childhood. The result is a highly compelling listen that captures the essence of a world few of us will ever have real access to, but one that we all want to know oh so much more about.
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