“I had Miuccia Prada make me a mauve alligator coat and then I wrapped my turban – it was molded like the Indians do,” he recalls, revealing that when he saw it in the paper the next day, “I thought this was a big mistake.”
But regardless of those “fashion disasters,” designer Marc Jacobs praises Talley for owning his looks. “There is no hesitation like, ‘Do you think I should wear this?’ It’s just [whoosh] there, out there,” Jacobs says.
In addition to his famous style, the new film examines Talley’s humble upbringing in the South and his legacy as a longtime fashion journalist, breaking ground as a black man in a predominantly white industry. Framed by the 2016 presidential election, Talley’s journey becomes a meditation on race, community and what it meant for the journalist to leave one world behind for another.
And just like his notable appearances in a string of other fashion documentaries -- from The September Issue to House of Z -- and his time as judge on America’s Next Top Model, Talley provides great, quotable talking head.