With Vogue in his rearview, André Leon Talley is making major fashion moves. In his new union with Zappos he will serve as the Artistic Director.
The former Vogue editor-at-large begins his new gig on January 22. Zappos, the online shoe haven, told WWD that Talley hopes to “create something unique.” According to the fashion icon himself, he wants to create “a Web magazine within the Zappos Couture Web site, that conveys the immediacy and excitement of luxury retail products season by season."
Talley will oversee the editorial content including fashion shoots, video shoots and picks for the couture section. As a fashion visionary Talley won’t be satisfied with anything less than a glamorous, high-end, sophisticated editorial site.
As Anna Wintour's right hand man, Talley left Vogue after nearly three decades. In a recent interview with the New York Times he called out Jay Z for continuing his partnership with Barneys after its controversial racial profiling fiasco.
“Any African-American, male or female, with any consciousness of what has happened would not go into Barneys right now. Nor Macy’s.” He also added that if he were in Jay’s position, “for the simplicity of making a broad statement I would pull out.”