The fashion world pays tribute to André Leon Talley

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André Leon Talley, stylist, fashion editor and Vogue's former creative director and editor-at-large has died in a hospital in New York at the age of 73.

A statement read posted to his Instagram read, 'It is with great sadness we announce the passing of André Leon Talley on January 18, 2022 in New York. Mr. Talley was the larger-than-life, longtime creative director at Vogue during its rise to dominance as the world's fashion bible.'

During his five decade career in the fashion world, Mr. Talley worked for Women's Wear Daily, W Magazine, Vanity Fair and Ebony, but was mostly credited for his role as creative director at Vogue, helping it become the revered publication it is today.

He was Anna Wintour's protégé, and held a close friendship with the editor until a rift a few years ago, though he credited her in his book, telling Vulture, 'My book is an epistle to everyone that I love. It’s a love letter to Anna Wintour. I love her deeply.'

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British-American editor & journalist Anna Wintour and American fashion journalist Andre Leon Talley attend the 16th annual Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards at the New York State Theater at Lincoln Center, New York, New York, February 3, 1997. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)

André's career went above and beyond editorial work, since he was better known as one of the judges for Project Runway, alongside Heidi Klum, and also styled the Obamas during Barack's presidency.

He was a legend in the fashion world, and counted many big designers, models and celebrities amongst his friends, including Yves Saint Laurent, Karl Lagerfeld, Naomi Campbell and Coco Rocha.

Tributes have been pouring in on social media, with many honouring his flamboyant style, kindness and larger than life persona.

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Penny Goldstone

Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.

Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).

Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.

However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.

Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.