02/20/2011 09:37 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Andre Leon Talley Muses About Hailee Steinfeld & Michelle Obama (VIDEO)

Last week I attended Andre Leon Talley's talk last week on the subject of superficiality, along with a reading of Patti Smith's book Just Kids at the Miu Miu store.

ALT on Hailee Steinfeld's Prada dress at the SAG Awards:
"She indeed was the best-dressed person on the red carpet that night....This was the perfect dress for a 14-year-old girl. She did not go bling...she did not go bling-bling-bling, blah-blah-blah....It's a perfect dress for her. She has innocence."

ALT on Michelle Obama:
"There's power in clothing, but there's power in who she is....she can use clothing to embrace a certain way of being that also inspires other people."