Vogue Editor Dishes The Dirt On The MET Ball Drama & Why Kim Kardashian Is “Bastardizing” Fashion


Whoops. It appears that not all men are mesmerized by Kim K’s ample bottom and curvaceous figure. Especially within the fashion world.

VOGUE’s Editor-At-Large Andre Leon Talley & his designer protégé Ralph Rucci recently talked candidly about all things MET Ball & celebrity with Fashionista.com where they had some pretty tough words for the reality star. 

Fashion editor Andre Leon Talley and designer Ralph Rucci (pictured above) dished the dirt on the following:

On why Beyonce was late for the 2012 Met Ball:

Andre Leon Talley: Beyonce was not slated to come. She decided to come last minute when the dress [which he later said took 350 hours to sew] arrived at her house. She tried it on and then she said, ‘okay, I have to come.’ She did arrive at 8:55 and the ball had already started but it didn’t matter because she is Beyonce.

On the word ‘couture’:

Ralph Rucci: The word couture is over used.
Andre Leon Talley: It is abused!

On why a celebrity stylist’s work can be disrespectful to a designer:

Ralph Rucci: I bow to Tilda Swinton. We approached her [to wear our garments on the red carpet.] But there’s a buffer in between the star and the designer, and the buffer is called the stylist. I do not not lend clothes [but before we send clothes] we make sure: Is a stylist on this? Is this being selected for Tilda to wear specifically? If [the garment] is going to be thrown in with 100 other garments [by the stylist], it’s disrespectful to what I do and to the women who buy those clothes.

On how fashion really works:

Ralph Rucci: You’re not just selling clothes, you’re buying [retail] space. The most prestigious department stores say they’d rather take an inferior garment early than a superior garment late.

On Kim Kardashian not attending the Met Ball and why dressing her would bastardize Rucci’s brand:

Andre Leon Talley: What’s shocking to me is how important the red carpet is. At one point I thought it was ruining [fashion] but I don’t think that anymore. I don’t think any celebrity can take away from fashion. Not even Kim Kardashian could take away from fashion…Though, of course, Kim Kardashian didn’t come to the Metropolitan Met Ball but [her boyfriend] Kanye West did.

Ralph Rucci: And see that’s the thing: Many people who I think are the celebrities, other people don’t think are the celebrities [implying that he doesn’t think Kim Kardashian is a celebrity.]

Robin Givhan: So would you ever dress Kim Kardashian?

Ralph Rucci: No, I think that’s bastardizing yourself [as a designer].

There you have it. Not everyone’s a fan…

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