Last night, we had a packed house for our 92Y Talks season kickoff with fashion icons Bill Cunningham and Fern Mallis. We were awed at how glamorously dressed all our guests were. The only appropriate thing to do was to roll out the red carpet!
Here’s just a small selection of our stylish patrons. Go to our Facebook page to see the full album. And tag yourself and your friends if your photo’s there!
He’ll wear a helmet “when it’s a law.” Cunningham is known for traveling exclusively by bicycle and doesn’t wear head protection.
Growing up, Cunningham’s family didn’t have fashion magazines in the house. “I never knew they existed!” Cunningham said.
Cunningham dyed Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ red Dior suit black for JFK’s funeral. When Mallis commented about how incredible the story was, Cunningham replied, “It wasn’t amazing, it was practical!”
Cunningham’s first editor at Women’s Wear Daily called him “a hopelessly functioning illiterate.” This one elicited big laughs from the crowd.
The photographer, famous for his snapshots of street fashion, resents when people call his shooting tactics sneaky. “I’m trying to be discreet. I don’t want to frighten women on the street,” Cunningham said.
(OK, here’s one more!) He refuses to give his photo files to museums or historical societies because he’s “terrorized” by the notion of unflattering shots of someone being published. “You take lots of bad pictures. You don’t publish them, for heavens sake!”
We’ve got some video highlights above, where Talley tells us about shopping at Hermès during the days of layaway, his friendship with Andy Warhol (who liked to grab Talley’s crotch), Karl Lagerfeld (who gave him $50,000 for his 50th birthday), attending Anna Wintour’s wedding (she had no bridesmaids), and more.
Join the one-and-only, gorgeously funny, bitingly stylish creative ambassador for Barneys New York for a night of reminiscences, as he delivers his own funny valentine to the fashion industry with Fern Mallis on Sep 16 at 92Y.
Fashion industry legend Fern Mallis (she created Fashion Week in New York City in 1993) is the commencement speaker and recipient of the President’s Award for Lifetime Achievement at the Fashion Institute of Technology today. You can watch the live stream here.
Fashion Icon Suzy Menkes offers her opinion about the MET’s Punk exhibit, the Bangladeshi building collapse at Rana Plaza, and the kerfuffle created by her article, The Circus of Fashion. She was at 92Y on May 7 with Fern Mallis, for the Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis series.
Here’s a great clip with Calvin Klein from the Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis series. Calvin appeared in 2011 and Fern asked Calvin if, considering he grew up in the Bronx, was being a designer considered a “gay profession?”
"No," he told her. "If anything, Ralph Lauren grew up in the same neighborhood and Ralph always dressed in sort of a peculiar way. I was the edgy one, I wanted to look like some tough guy like James Dean, and Ralph looked like he was someplace, some other foreign country."
Next up in Fashion Icons is Suzy Menkes on May 7 and Oscar de la Renta on Jun 6.
We were once described as “black crows” — us fashion folk gathered outside an abandoned, crumbling downtown building in a uniform of Comme des Garçons or Yohji Yamamoto. “Whose funeral is it?” passers-by would whisper with a mix of hushed caring and ghoulish inquiry, as we lined up for the hip, underground presentations back in the 1990s.
Today, the people outside fashion shows are more like peacocks than crows. They pose and preen, in their multipatterned dresses, spidery legs balanced on club-sandwich platform shoes, or in thigh-high boots under sculptured coats blooming with flat flowers.