André Leon Talley, whose birthday is today, is no stranger to style. After being discovered by the late Diana Vreeland, his first job was assisting Andy Warhol at Interview. He is now a contributing editor at Vogue, formerly editor-at-large, and the artistic director of Zappos Couture. But you might know him for his luxurious fashion sense, often walking the red carpet in a floor-length cape and sitting front row at fashion shows (next to Anna Wintour, of course). What better way to bring some over-the-top style to your décor than by channeling fashion’s most vivacious individual? From furry throws to leather fringe lounge chairs, we think these pieces are all André-approved.
Yves Delorme Narce Triomphe Throw ($375)
Just as Leon Talley tosses a cream car coat over his double-breasted suit, so should you toss a wool throw over your sofa. Quality is of the utmost importance to him, so pick up this 100-percent alpaca wool throw made in Peru.
Gump's Imperial Dragon Garden Stool ($295)
Leon Talley may have left his recent post as editor-in-chief of Numéro Russia, but he’ll never lose his flair for the exotic. If you’re not yet ready to don a dragon cape though, incorporate Far East style into your home with this imperial dragon garden stool.
Serena & Lily Silk Shantung Window Panel ($198)
Designers from Tom Ford to Karl Lagerfeld have made flowing capes for Leon Talley to swath himself in for Met Galas and international red carpets. Draping your windows in silk shantung will feel almost as special.
Sahco Grizzly Cushion ($134)
One thing Leon Talley and Wintour have in common, besides a seating assignment at every major fashion show, is their love of fur. If you’re into the luxe look, but want to be more animal-friendly, toss a faux-fur pillow into your mix.
Laura Kirar Guernica Lounge Chair (price upon request)
Sometimes Leon Talley’s fashion can upstage what’s coming down the runway. Spot him in the front row and you may find yourself admiring his leather fringed jacket, for example, rather than the model’s walk. Garner the same attention for your home with this Laura Kirar-designed lounge chair.
Osborne & Little Naivasha Red Cushion ($108)
When it comes to color, sometimes Leon Talley just can’t get enough. Although nothing makes quite the same statement as his ruby red cape, this velvet pillow gets pretty close.
Restoration Hardware Italian Double Border Sateen Bedding ($55)
If you’re at all doubting Leon Talley’s style advice, look to Tom Ford’s take on the icon in Vanity Fair: “André is one of the last great fashion editors who has an incredible sense of fashion history. He can see through everything you do to the original reference, predict what was on your inspiration board.”
Restoration Hardware Grand Luxe Faux Fur Beanbag Chair ($199)
As stylish as Leon Talley’s furs look, we’re sure they’re equally as cozy. Sink into this faux-fur beanbag chair when you’re feeling posh.
Scenario Home Lion's Mane Faux Fur Throw ($240)
If you learn anything from this style icon, it’s to have fun with your style. If you want to top off your look with a fur ushanka or drape a fur throw on your bed, don’t let anyone get in your way.
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