Andre Leon Talley: Michelle Obama Is Not A Fashion Plate

09/27/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Erin Wylie Time Out New York

So how do you keep that perspective working at Vogue? Aren't the Vogue offices kind of a mecca of skinniness?
You make the world your office. You branch out and give back. The way that people are now shopping and mixing clothes up--Topshop to Prada to Michael Kors--you have to live your life that way. You have to mix the high and the low. The Vogue offices are full of what I call very annnnnnnngular women wearing stilettos, and maybe that's just the consciousness--that people think that they need this look when they work at Vogue. But Grace Coddington does not fit that mold and she's elegant. Look at Michelle Obama, she's the most fashionable woman in America. But she's not a fashion plate.

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