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A typical day in the life of Andre Leon Talley is much different—and much more glamorous—than the days he spent working up a sweat at Duke's Diet and Fitness Center. Andre begins his morning surrounded by racks of the latest designer clothes in the Vogue editorial department. "I grew up looking at the pages of Vogue, and I'm in the pages of Vogue, living the pages of Vogue," Andre says.

Magazine meetings take up most of his morning, and then he's off to meet with one of his favorite designers—Vera Wang! Andre gets an exclusive preview of Vera's Matisse-inspired resort collection. Then, he's off to lunch with longtime friend Pat Altschul, designer Diane von Furstenberg and Melania Trump, the new Mrs. Donald Trump.

"Part of my life at Vogue is to go see the ladies, hear what the ladies are talking about," Andre says.

Last stop? Shoe heaven! Andre takes us inside Manolo Blahnik for a sneak peek at the fabulous fall/winter collection. "What you put on your feet—that's the barometer of true elegance!" Andre says.
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FROM: I Let Myself Go: Confessions of a Fashion Icon
Published on September 15, 2005

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