Celebrities and fashion experts mourned the death of André Leon Talley, the former Vogue creative director, who died on Tuesday at the age of 73.
“love you, Andre,” Kim Kardashian wrote on Instagram, alongside a photo of herself holding hands with the fashion legend at the 2018 CFDA Awards. She accompanied her message with a broken-heart emoji.
“I am so saddened to hear of the passing of André Leon Talley. “We shared some very memorable times together and I will always remember how kind he was to me and my family,” Kris Jenner wrote on her Instagram.
“I’m sorry to say the extraordinary #AndreLeonTalley has died. He was such a force, & believed in the magic of Fashion & its illusions with all his being. His life was a saga of great highs, great lows, the dramatic, the ridiculous, and the endless pursuit of beauty. Love & RIP,” Bette Midler tweeted.
To honor Talley’s memory, Zendaya reposted a photo of him to her Instagram Story.
“Wow we are just losing our icons! Andre’ Leon Talley was Legendary! RIP KING!!” Leslie Jones tweeted along with a video hugging the late editor-at-large as he complimented her work.
Wow we are just losing our icons! Andre’ Leon Talley was Legendary! RIP KING!! pic.twitter.com/yIBMx7Fs3a
— Leslie Jones 🦋 (@Lesdoggg) January 19, 2022
“I am sad to hear of Andre Leon Talley’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones,” Octavia Spencer tweeted.
Diane von Furstenberg said goodbye to her “darling” friend, writing on Instagram, “no one saw the world in a more elegant and glamorous way than you did … no one was more soulful and grander than you were …the world will be less joyful now I have loved you and laughed with you for 45 years…. I will miss your loud screams and your loyal friendship…I love you soooo much .”
“R.I.P dearest Andre. Without you, there would be no me. Thank you for paving the way ,” British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful wrote on his account.
Talley, who became Vogue’s first African American creative director in 1988, died on Tuesday at White Plains Hospital of an unknown illness, according to TMZ.
The president of the Ford Foundation, his friend Darren Walker, then confirmed the news, writing in a statement, “André Leon Talley was a singular force in an industry that he had to fight to be recognized in.”