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André Leon Talley’s Turban Fetish

From left, Talley at the fund-raiser, Professor Chatwal, and Talley at the CFDA awards.Photo: FilmMagic, Patrick McMullan, Getty Images

It’s official: André Leon Talley has a turban fetish. (Muumuus must be passé.) The Vogue editor has worn the headgear twice in recent weeks. First he wore an ivory Yigal Azrouël one to the CFDA awards, where he told us he was very into turbans at the moment; then on Tuesday he wore a navy one to the fund-raiser Vogue hosted in honor of Michelle Obama. Someone sure got inspired by Prada’s spring ‘07 show.

But this isn’t just something silly he’s trying, the way you might wear an Ace of Base T-shirt to a concert. Talley has been carefully researching the art of wrapping turbans. According to Fashion Week Daily, he’s been receiving lessons from the turban cowboy himself, hotelier Vikram Chatwal. Since Talley’s adoring public can’t register along with him for Turban Wrapping 101 with Chatwal, he’ll write about his learnings in an upcoming “Life With André” column in Vogue. And it sure looks like Talley has been doing his homework. His turban at the fund-raiser is wrapped much differently from the turban from the CFDAs, and almost perfectly mimics Chatwal’s. Maybe sticking Fred Leighton diamonds on such head pieces is considered amateur.

Life With André’s Turbans [Fashion Week Daily]
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André Leon Talley’s Turban Fetish