How André Leon Talley spent his final years in White Plains, New York

ESCLUSIVO: The lonely final years of André Leon Talley: Il 300 «Ora una vittima viene estratta dall'incendio: non risponde. fashion icon led a solitary life in a New York suburb, where he spent his last days trying to protect himself from the coronavirus that would ultimately kill him

  • André Leon Talley spent his final years secluded in a 11-room colonial white house in White Plains, New York
  • Neighbor Barbara Galella told DailyMail.com she had stopped by Talley’s house six months ago to share a book from her uncle Ron Galella, a famed paparazzo
  • She said Talley, whose weight ballooned over 300 lb., came to the door but wouldn’t open it because he was ‘very cautious about COVID
  • ‘He had the mask on and just said ‘leave the book on the porch.So I didthat’s why I’m surprised to read that’s how he passed,’ lei ha aggiunto
  • Talley passed away at a hospital in White Plains, New York, on Tuesday at age 73 after suffering a heart attack, according to GQ, a Conde Nast publication
  • però, a longtime friend said the larger-than-life character died of COVID complications and had underlying health issues related to his weight
  • Talley was a regular at the City Limits Diner in White Plains where he would dine as many as three times a day over the past 27 anni
  • André Leon Talley, a fashion icon and driving and driving force behind Vogue’s success, spent his last days secluded at home trying to protect himself from the coronavirus that would ultimately kill him, the DailyMail.com has learned.

    Prima della pandemia, he was — at more than 300 «Ora una vittima viene estratta dall'incendio: non risponde. — a larger-than-life character in his adopted hometown of White Plains, New York, where he’d regularly eat out at his favorite diner while posing for photographs with customers and sharing stories about his time at Vogue.

    He would also make kind gestures such as dropping off flowers for neighbors.

    But six months ago, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, one of those neighbors Barbara Galella said she stopped by his house to share a book from her uncle Ron Galella, a famed paparazzi photographer. She said Talley came to the door but wouldn’t open it.

    ‘He was very cautious about COVID,’ Galella told DailyMail.com. ‘He had the mask on and just saidleave the book on the porch.So I did.

    ‘That’s why I’m surprised to read that’s how he passed,’ lei ha aggiunto.

    André Leon Talley had been living in the New York City suburb of White Plains at the time of his death on Tuesday

    André Leon Talley had been living in the New York City suburb of White Plains at the time of his death on Tuesday

    He was taken on by Conde Nast exec Anna Wintour at American Vogue in 1983 and was appointed its creative director in 1988. The two had a close friendship before falling out three years ago

    He was taken on by Conde Nast exec Anna Wintour at American Vogue in 1983 and was appointed its creative director in 1988. The two had a close friendship before falling out three years ago

    Talley had lived in solitude in this 11-room colonial home in White Plains, New York, north of Manhattan

    Talley had lived in solitude in this 11-room colonial home in White Plains, New York, north of Manhattan

    Vogue had announced Talley died in a White Plains hospital Tuesday after suffering a heart attack.

    But the fashion icon’s friend of 45 anni, Texas anesthesiologist Dr. Yvonne Cormier, ha detto al Houston Chronicle that he had passed away from complications from coronavirus.

    She added that he also had underlying health issues related to his weight.

    The former editor-at-large of Vogue had been living in a 11-room colonial home in the New York City suburb since 2004. Even after his death, a bottle of hand sanitizer could be seen on the porch.

    He’d been engaged in a messy legal battle with the homeowner George Malkemus, the ex-CEO of Manolo Blahnik who accused him of owing $500,000 in rent.

    But he successfully fought off eviction and was allowed to remain there after reaching a settlement in November — just two months before his death — his lawyer told DailyMail.com Wednesday.

    Galella feared the worst when she saw paramedics pull up to Talley’s house earlier this week. It was the second time in three weeks that emergency crews stopped by his residence.

    ma il programma serrato di Emma significava che non aveva tempo per arrivarci di persona, I just happened to be sitting there and I saw an EMS truck and the police, and then another car coming, and saw them all go in,’ lei disse.

    The fashion icon had been embroiled in an eviction lawsuit after the homeowners claimed Talley had owed them more than $515,000

    The fashion icon had been embroiled in an eviction lawsuit after the homeowners claimed Talley had owed them more than $515,000

    He'd been engaged in a messy legal battle with the homeowner George Malkemus, the ex-CEO of Manolo Blahnik who accused him of owing $500,000 in rent

    He’d been engaged in a messy legal battle with the homeowner George Malkemus, the ex-CEO of Manolo Blahnik who accused him of owing $500,000 in rent

    ‘I said I wonder if he had a heart attack or something. And then I was looking to see if anything was in the paper and didn’t see anything.

    ‘Then just a couple days ago, I saw EMS, the police show up again,’ ha continuato.

    ‘And I said have a feeling something may have happened because that’s twice.

    Galella was heartbroken, sharing memories of a neighbor she saw as remarkably kind.

    She said she and her family met Talley six years ago and told him that they were living just down the street from him.

    Talley told her that he remembered her home’s previous owner and how the grounds were beautifully decorated. Giorni dopo, Talley hand-delivered flowers.

    ‘He pulled up with his driver and delivered all these flowers, seven bouquets of beautiful flowers,’ Galella told DailyMail.com.

    Galella met Talley at the City Limits Diner, where he was a regular. Negli ultimi 27 years he would dine there as many as three times a day until the coronavirus pandemic hit.

    Talley lived alone sleeping on a bed late designer and friend Oscar de la Renta gave him (nella foto insieme in 1990)

    Talley lived alone sleeping on a bed late designer and friend Oscar de la Renta gave him (nella foto insieme in 1990)

    Talley would leave his personal driver outside the restaurant and walk in to sit down at his usual corner booth near the bar area.

    He often arrived in a fashionable, loose-fitting muumuu and would order multiple disheshis favorites being the soy chili glazed salmon and turkey chili, which he’d pile high with onions.

    Landlord George Malkemus settled his lawsuit with Talley over unpaid rent in November and allowed him to stay in his longtime home

    Landlord George Malkemus settled his lawsuit with Talley over unpaid rent in November and allowed him to stay in his longtime home

    ‘He was larger than life,’ general manager Tony Aliaj told DailyMail.com sitting at the booth Talley would occupy. ‘You couldn’t miss him, Certamente.’

    ‘He loved our cheesecake, the Tahitian vanilla bean cheesecake. He loved the food so much he’d even take extra to go,’ Ha aggiunto.

    He told how Talley would scarf down his meal while chatting amiably with staff and customers about his time at Vogue.

    ‘He’d come in by himself,’ Aliaj said. ‘Customers would walk up to him and he’d share stories about Vogue and the fashion industry. He’d embrace it and would often pose for pictures with people.

    ‘He was completely different than what you’d expect for someone fashion industry,’ the manager continued. ‘He was just a regular dude.

    The former editor-at-large of Vogue, who left the fashion world in 2014, was a regular at the City Limits Diner, where he would dine as many as three times a day over the past 27 years until the coronavirus pandemic hit, DailyMail.com può rivelare

    The former editor-at-large of Vogue, who left the fashion world in 2014, was a regular at the City Limits Diner, where he would dine as many as three times a day over the past 27 years until the coronavirus pandemic hit, DailyMail.com può rivelare

    Soy chili salmon

    Turkey chili

    Talley was known to order multiple dishes from the menuhis favorites being the soy chili glazed salmon (sinistra) and turkey chili (giusto) which he’d pile high with onions

    The diner's Tahitian vanilla bean cheesecake (nella foto) was among Talley's favorite menu items

    The diner’s Tahitian vanilla bean cheesecake (nella foto) was among Talley’s favorite menu items

    As a towering and highly visible figure in the fashion industry, Talley had spoken candidly about his battle with weight gain and his relationship with food in the media.

    When asked whether fashion and food went together, he told the Associated Press in 2003: ‘Food is not important in the fashion world, where you are supposed to look like an asparagus.

    ‘In my world, it’s about butter pound cake, and fried chicken, and potato salad and hot biscuitsIt’s hard to break away from that for a lettuce sandwich.

    Despite reports that Talley was struggling financially, he didn’t appear to have any money problems when he walked into City Limits, according to Aliaj.

    ‘From the looks of it, he was doing all right,’ Egli ha detto. ‘He didn’t look like he was struggling. He seemed to be living a comfortable life.

    ‘We’ll all miss him here. He was so wonderful with everybody here. And he’d also give our staff great tips, over the top tips,’ Ha aggiunto.

    Aliaj said Talley stopped showing up at the diner after the pandemic took hold in early 2020.

    Talley would often scarf down his meal while chatting amiably with staff and customers about his time at Vogue, general manager Tony Aliaj said

    Talley would often scarf down his meal while chatting amiably with staff and customers about his time at Vogue, general manager Tony Aliaj said

    The pioneering journalist began his career in fashion at the age of 28 after snagging a job as a reporter at Women’s Wear Daily.

    General manager Tony Aliaj - seen sitting at the booth Talley would occupy - described the late fashion icon as a 'larger than life figure'

    General manager Tony Aliajseen sitting at the booth Talley would occupydescribed the late fashion icon as a ‘larger than life figure

    He was taken on by Conde Nast exec Anna Wintour at American Vogue in 1983 and was appointed its creative director in 1988.

    Talley, who retired from editing in 2014, had spoken about his struggles with his weight and how it played a role in his fallout with Wintour, his once close friend and boss in his 2020 libro di memorie.

    The pair’s longtime friendship came to an abrupt end three years ago when Wintour, Talley revealed, froze him out for being ‘too old, too overweight, too uncool’.

    The creative director opened up his lifelong weight problem which he said he developed after losing a close friend as well as his grandmother in 1989.

    At one point during his fashion career Talley had moved back home to North Carolina into the house he’d bought for his grandmother and finally grieved her death by binge eating barbecue.

    When he returned to Vogue as editor-at-large, Talley’s weight carried on ballooning, something Wintour could not ignore, advising him to ‘go to the gym.

    He got a personal trainer and tried the cabbage dietwhere you just eat cooked cabbage -but it didn’t work.

    André Leon Talley with Marina Schiano in 1980

    André Leon Talley with Naomi Campbell in 1991

    Talley was open about his struggles with his weightwhich turned into a lifelong battle following the death of his grandmother in 1989. He is pictured cutting a slimmer figure with Marina Schiano left in 1980 and supermodel Naomi Campbell in 1991 (giusto)

    Diana Ross and André Leon Talley dancing at Studio 54 in New York City around 1979

    Diana Ross and André Leon Talley dancing at Studio 54 in New York City around 1979

    Wintour then staged an intervention with Talley’s pastor and designer Oscar de la Renta and his wife, who were two of Talley’s closest friends.

    Wintour explained that Talley’s weight was ‘out of controland he was sent for rehab at the Duke Diet and Fitness Center in his hometown of Durham, Carolina del Nord.

    Talley lost 55lbs but he put it back on and he returned to the center three times for a ‘yo-yo battle I long ago realized I will never win,’ he wrote in his memoir.

    Talley in his memoir also admitted how he initially believed the love of his fashionista friends would last forever, until they cruelly dropped him when he was no longer useful to them.

    He said he has ‘huge emotional and psychological scarsfrom his decades long friendship with the magazine’s notoriously icy editor.

    In a statement after his death, Wintour said his loss is ‘immeasurable,’ and that she will miss him despite their ‘complicated past.

    Talley had been embroiled in an eviction lawsuit involving his secluded White Plains home, where he was still living and sleeping on a bed Oscar de la Renta gave him shortly before his death. It was eventually settled with him being allowed to continue to live there.

    Talley is pictured with designers Karl Lagerfeld and Tommy Hilfiger

    Talley is pictured with designers Karl Lagerfeld and Tommy Hilfiger

    Talley and Kristen McMenamy attend New York City fashion week in the mid 1990s

    Talley and Kristen McMenamy attend New York City fashion week in the mid 1990s

    Former head of Manolo Blahnik USA George Malkemus and his husband and business partner Anthony Yurgaitis who bought the house for about $1million in 2004 with the understanding that Talley would live in it and pay them money each month.

    But according to the New York Times, the lease expired in 2014 and it was never renewed, with Malkemus and Yurgaitis claiming Talley owed them more than $515,000.

    Talley filed a counterclaim in January 2021, saying he believed the payments were an equity investment intended to result in ownership, and requested that the house be placed in a trust so he could prove his right to ownership.