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FASHION SHADE: Andre Leon Talley & Protégé Ralph Rucci On Beyonce's Met Ball Lateness & Why A Designer Would Be "Bastardized" For Dressing Kim Kardashian

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There's nothing like that fashion world shade!  VOGUE's Editor-At-Large Andre Leon Talley & his designer protégé Ralph Rucci recently talked all things Met Ball & celebrity.  The twosome gave insight on why Beyonce's lateness was definitely excusable...and why rumors of Kim K. (who they allude to being a brand's kryptonite) being banned from the Met Ball by Anna Wintour may have some unofficial truth to it....

Andre Leon Talley was never a fan of red carpets and celebs becoming fashion icons--but he's loosened up his cape over the years.  But what he won't budge on chicks like Kim Kardashian getting prime fashion world treatment.  And we can't really blame him.

Along with designer Ralph Rucci (pictured above), the two gave an interview to Fashionista.com that had us snickering away.  Yes, the rumors of Beyonce being late were true--but they confirm the reason why.  And they said why Kim K. could BASTARDIZE a designer:

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].

Teheee.  Daaahhhhling....

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Anonymous's picture

Ralph R. is wrong for what he

Ralph R. is wrong for what he said about Kim. Although I don't like Kim K. As a business man - all women is a potential client, as long as they can afford his cloth. He's shouldn't speak like that bec he could lose a lot of client with that attitude.
Anonymous's picture

I agree just pure hate in Kim

I agree just pure hate in Kim K just because she "made it" in an unconventional way doesn't excuse that she's now a celebrity in the public's eye and the public regardless of "class" status are the consumers...it's a matter of personal opinion of the designer to say that she is not celeb worthy and another thing is that you never know the position someone will be in one day while your dissing them - Kim K became a known person for doing nothing - maybe she could be the go to person after building her own fashion empire and what if you need her in your life to make moves, what then? will you apologize for this interview that you know will surface one day?! funny....designers think they are hot ish and my opinion is that your only known and respected because the celebs made you so - without ppl trying to copy them - you'd be in kmart somewhere being worn by the ratchet and remember anyone can put out anything and one celeb wears it there now a 'designer' so just as kim k unconventionally made it - it doesn't take much work for a designer to make it either (reality fashion shows, etc.) these two elderly men need to catch up!
tanyamichelle's picture

I disagree, I love how he is

I disagree, I love how he is taking charge of his brand, rather than sacrificing its reputation for free publicity. There are also plenty of women (who can actually afford to purchase his "cloth") that will refuse to do so,because its reputation has been tarnished by an individual such as Kim K. Despite popular belief all publicity aint good publicity
Anonymous's picture

I disagree, I love how he is

I disagree, I love how he is taking charge of his brand, rather than sacrificing its reputation for free publicity. There are also plenty of women (who can actually afford to purchase his "cloth") that will refuse to do so,because its reputation has been tarnished by an individual such as Kim K. Despite popular belief all publicity aint good publicity
Anonymous's picture

RIGHT! And the reazlity is

RIGHT! And the reazlity is if she was going to the Grammys, Academy Awards or SAG Awards and she called him personally for a gown he'd be damn lie if he's saying he wouldnt dress her. He's a damn lie!
Anonymous's picture

As a young up-and-coming

As a young up-and-coming fashion designer and someone who studied fashion for over 6 years. The word couture is sooooooo abused. I've been saying this for years. Wow - stop calling cloths that are tailored made couture - there's a lot more to it than that.
Anonymous's picture

ALL I HEAR IS HOE THIS AND

ALL I HEAR IS HOE THIS AND HOE THAT, MY GOD LIKE REALLY! HOES NEED LOVE AND BIG BLACK 'D'S' TOO! LMBO LIKE REALLY WHY WOULD KIM WANT THAT LOSER EX-MISTAKE GOOFY HUSBAND, I WOULDNT AND I WOULDNT CARE IF IT WAS 2 WEEKS THAT LOSER WAS IN THE WAY AND HE WASNT HER TYPE AND EVERYBODY KNEW IT! IF I WAS KIM'S (WITH A GOOD CHECK OF COURSE) I WOULD SET YOU HEFFAS STRAIGHT!LMBO
Anonymous's picture

"Bastardized" ...funny. It's

"Bastardized" ...funny. It's so sad how she will do anything to stay in the public eye. Kim sweetie you will NEVER be an A-List celebrity. They won't allow it. Are you kidding me. And it's not that I'm hating on Kim I mean regardless of the enhancements she is pretty and her body is dope. But you haven't worked hard sweetie to get that bank you got and people don't respect that. Period.
Anonymous's picture

I don't blame these

I don't blame these designers. Ain't nobody about to dress Kim K's hoeish ass in their gear. These designers want to dress classy women. Not hoes who get married for 72 days then goes and jump on anotehr DICK before the ink dries. Plus her bod is fake. Ain't nobody trying to lace a chick with FAKE face lips ass and tits in fabulous designer wear! BASTARDIZING is CLASSIC hahahahaha
Anonymous's picture

Every day since she got with

Every day since she got with Kanye there is a new post hating on Kim. The YBF is usually more positive. That's why I read it over the other sites. Whatever your issues are with Kim and Kanye, let it go. It's getting old.
Anonymous's picture

Every day since she got with

Every day since she got with Kanye there is a new post hating on Kim. The YBF is usually more positive. That's why I read it over the other sites. Whatever your issues are with Kim and Kanye, let it go. It's getting old.
Anonymous's picture

Every day since she got with

Every day since she got with Kanye there is a new post hating on Kim. The YBF is usually more positive. That's why I read it over the other sites. Whatever your issues are with Kim and Kanye, let it go. It's getting old.
Anonymous's picture

Oh dear! Wasn't this post

Oh dear! Wasn't this post supposed to be about ALT?! The man is a living, breathing fashion encyclopedia. I bought his autobiography years ago & I read his column in Vogue; I even tuned in to ANTM to hear what he had to say about fashion photography.
Anonymous's picture

whether you like k.k. or not,

whether you like k.k. or not, she did make the top 10 forbes list-50+ milli !! i -and you- might think she's foolishness, but SOMEBODY (a whole lotta somebody's) hangs on her every word!! back in the day, a sex tape would've ruined the person; now its viewed as "star" material-go figure!!
minerva's picture

get your head out of kim

get your head out of kim kardashian's ass and kill yourself
REd's picture

I am very happy to hear how

I am very happy to hear how the fashion community really thinks of the kardashian brand lmfao, im so over this family they are not celebrities they are reality stars and who really cares about reality stars not me, the kardashian is not going to be able to keep up this reality circle they have going for ever, even though people are gonna say mean things about these 2 guys I don't care at least they have the guts to tell it like it is in style I cosign
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afasaobus's picture

im glad that even though the

im glad that even though the kardashians have millions of deluded fans, the real people who matter, e.g. anna wintour, beyonce and designers like Ralph Ricci and other insiders in the hollywood world do not care about this family
Anonymous's picture

Its RUCCI

Its RUCCI dahling...RUUUUUCCCIIIII
Anonymous's picture

the people you named are just

the people you named are just that People..just people! i hate when people look down on others smh
Anonymous's picture

Real people? two f*ggots and

Real people? two f*ggots and a washed up, dried out white woman? these are who you refer too as real people? all three of them would probably spit on your black a** if you got too close to them, be very aware that people that are snooty and so called classy don't like regular n*ggas that's not making them money, so you please stop being delusional, and as for Beyonce that bullsh*t is all media mad up and you ignorant haters fall for it, that's why half of your damn heads are going to explode when you see Bey with Kim because you are under some false delusion that Bey is a snob, Bey knows better than anyone what the media can do to you and how nasty and disgusting people are, look at what they did to her during her pregnancy, woman couldn't even enjoy her pregnancy with all the foolishness about her not being pregnant, Beyonce knows the deal and you and the other delusional stans cannot dictate who she hangs with, I don't believe that they would be best buddies because they are two different people but I guarantee you that she will be more than civil with Kim if nothing else for the sake of her FRIEND, something none of you know about.
Anonymous's picture

Real people? two f*ggots and

Real people? two f*ggots and a washed up, dried out white woman?....LOL. Well said. I'm Team Kim K. all the way. The girl is beautiful and smart and I'm not mad at her!!!!!!! She just wants to live her life and be happy!!!
Shelia H.'s picture

Real people? two f*ggots and

Real people? two f*ggots and a washed up, dried out white woman? these are who you refere too as real people? all three of them would probably spit on your black a** if you got to cold to them, be very aware that people that are snooty and so called classy don't like regular n*ggas that's not making them money, so you please stop being delusional, and as for Beyonce that bullsh*t is all media mad up and you ignorant haters fall for it, that's why half of your damn heads are going to explode when you see Bey with Kim because you are under some false delusion that Bey is a snob, Bey knows better than anyone what the media can do to you and how nasty and disgusting people are, look at what they did to her during her pregnancy, woman couldn't even enjoy her pregnancy with all the foolishness about her not being pregnant, Beyonce knows the deal and you and the other delusional stans cannot dictate who she hangs with, I don't believe that they would be best buddies because they are two different people but I guarantee you that she will be more than civil with Kim if nothing else for the sake of her FRIEND, something none of you know about.
Anonymous's picture

Kimmy tell em why you

Kimmy tell em why you mad. WOW!
Anonymous's picture

First of all, I think Ralph

First of all, I think Ralph Ricci is brave in making a comment, since any bad comments made about the kardashians are always made publicly given that it is such a 'big' name. I think he has a point, i mean, a celebrity should be admired not just because of their looks, but also because of their talent and how they are as a person. Im not saying every talented celebrity is a good person, but its clear that the kardashian family only wants fame and money, and everything appears to be just be a surface for them. They can look back on their lives and think that they make a lot of money from a reality show rather than real talent, and any money they make is spent on designer stuff. Charity events are just made for show and i think they do it as a duty rather than anything else. I was utterly dissapointed at how Kim treated her marriage with Kris, i dont know how scripted the whole event was but it appears that Kim was very superficial and cared too much about herself than her husband, unlike Khloe who i can see really is willing to do anything for her husband.
Anonymous's picture

Umm that is exactly why he

Umm that is exactly why he made them, they know that all you have to do is say something about a Kardashian and your name will be on every blog, magazine and tv news show, everyone tries to ride that train for attention. Who the f*ck is checkin for either of these two idiots. The thing that kill me about you people is that you write this sh*t and post it like you really KNOW them and KNOW what they do and do not feel and do and do not do, you are an observer like the rest of us, you DO NOT KNOW what their intentions are, so just stop it.
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Blackwhitemeet.com's picture

The bottom line is Kim K is

The bottom line is Kim K is total trash and she will only be famous for the Ray J sex tape. She can do a T.V. Show, have perfume lines, and clothing lines but when it comes down to it, she will be known as a rich whore who is famous due to a sex tape. Think people the first thing you think when you say Kim Kardashian. WHORE that is the word that pops in your mind. I just want you to take the test , say her name and see what is the first word that pops in your head.
renee's picture

Preach Father Andre! Kim

Preach Father Andre! Kim Kardashian is a tired hoe guzzling Black cum for the masses. Kanye is a lost troll
anon 's picture

When sinners judge, God takes

When sinners judge, God takes the stand.
Anonymous's picture

The next time you quote

The next time you quote scripture, do so to someone with the last name Kardashian. To attempt to admonish someone for speaking the truth about another individual's actions (even if they were crude in their description) is JUDGMENTAL. Not once did you opt to direct scripture to the Kardashians in hopes of maybe having a positive impact on their lives since everything they do is public and they act so poorly. People should feel compelled to make smarter decisions and better choices in life, especially when they claim to know God. God will judge what they do. And just like God blesses people, so does the devil. What they reap is not of God - it is pure evil. The same way it fell into their hands, it will be removed from them (by God) and be given unto someone deserving who will utilize those resources according to God's will. Stop the charades.
Anonymous's picture

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Blackwhitemeet.com's picture

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Every woman who have had sex prior to marraige is a hoe, every woman who have had children out of wedlock is a hoe, every woman who has sucked d*ck is a hoe, should I go on or do you heathens ge the point. Unless you are a virgin or you were a virgin when you were married, you are used goods so save the high and mighty bullsh*t, some of you don't even know who you baby daddy is, bunch of ratchett hoes I guess it makes you feel better to hide behind a computer and call someone a hoe while your sh*t is not right.
Anonymous's picture

A hoe is a garden implement.

A hoe is a garden implement. I think you meant whore but I could be wrong. By the way, the Virgin Mary had a child and her husband was not the father so what did that make her? Wow, you are really defending a woman who did just about every example you gave to label a woman a whore. LOL.
Anonymous's picture

Don't be an IDIOT, the Virgin

Don't be an IDIOT, the Virgin Mary was a Virgin, her conception was immaculate, don't try to be funny, you know exactly what the poster is saying, and yes pretty much every woman is, if you are going to judge one you have to judge all, unless they are perfect, we don't see what anyone else does in their bedroom, Kim's life just happen to be in the public but that doens not let the ones that hide in the dark off the hook, so cut the crap.
Anonymous's picture

Jayz needs ease up with 'Ye

Jayz needs ease up with 'Ye for a while, because everything the Kardashians are associated with gets tainted. Poor Lamar is currently unemployed because he got occupied with other things - he's suppose to be a athlete/baller and NOT a reality star.
Anonymous's picture

You are a typical ghetto

You are a typical ghetto N*gga, blame everyone else except for the responsible party. Lamar is where he is because of Lamar, I guess you are giving the Kardashians a whole lot of credit for bing able to get into the heads of others. Lamar clearly stated that his spirit was broken due to the loss of his cousin who he was close too and the incident that occured where his car that he was driving in (not driving) hit the young boy and the boy died. People deal with thing differently and these two things happened within days of each other and it sent him into a deep depression, but I guess according to you the Kardashians hold the power of the universe. SMDH!! N*gga mentality.
Anonymous's picture

Sorry to disappoint you, but

Sorry to disappoint you, but I have never been to the ghetto. And I have the right to express my self however I desire to, thank you.
Anonymous's picture

If you hate a person, you

If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn't part of ourselves doesn't disturb us. ~Hermann Hesse
Anonymous's picture

Actually that's a perfect way

Actually that's a perfect way to describe Kim Kardashian's impact on society as a whole.
max's picture

yup!

yup!
Anonymous's picture

I think the real issue with

I think the real issue with Kim, besides her being a hoe, is that she has no talent. She and her family are famous for being famous. She tries to hang and dates all these people that are known for something. She isn't known for anything, but being naked and aging a sex tape. The thing that annoys me about Kim p, her mom and her sisters is that they talk in fake baby tone voices. Kim's voice sounds just like Paris Hilton's, which is not a coincidence. And the last thing is, when these Kardashian women open their mouths, you can tell that their brains are working extra hard to produce words. There is nothing but air floating around in the space between their ears. God for Anna Wintour, for not inviting Kim Kartrashian.
Anonymous's picture

They might not have no talent

They might not have no talent but they are certainly smart to make a business/corporation from a MISTAKE that Kim had admitted to in the past, its not like she wasn't in relationship during the time, and last time I checkwe Ray J the one that released the sex tape. And I really wouldn't call them talentless because they had their own boutique since before they start Keeping Up with The Kardashian… and if you say that has nothing to do with talent then a lot of people with SUCCESSFUL boutiques have no talent as well.
Anonymous's picture

They might not have no talent

They might not have no talent but they are certainly smart to make a business/corporation from a MISTAKE that Kim had admitted to in the past, its not like she wasn't in relationship during the time, and last time I checkwe Ray J the one that released the sex tape. And I really wouldn't call them talentless because they had their own boutique since before they start Keeping Up with The Kardashian… and if you say that has nothing to do with talent then a lot of people with SUCCESSFUL boutiques have no talent as well.
Anonymous's picture

They might not have no talent

They might not have no talent but they are certainly smart to make a business/corporation from a MISTAKE that Kim had admitted to in the past, its not like she wasn't in relationship during the time, and last time I checkwe Ray J the one that released the sex tape. And I really wouldn't call them talentless because they had their own boutique since before they start Keeping Up with The Kardashian… and if you say that has nothing to do with talent then a lot of people with SUCCESSFUL boutiques have no talent as well.
Anonymous's picture

They might not have no talent

They might not have no talent but they are certainly smart to make a business/corporation from a MISTAKE that Kim had admitted to in the past, its not like she wasn't in relationship during the time, and last time I checkwe Ray J the one that released the sex tape. And I really wouldn't call them talentless because they had their own boutique since before they start Keeping Up with The Kardashian… and if you say that has nothing to do with talent then a lot of people with SUCCESSFUL boutiques have no talent as well.
Anonymous's picture

They might not have no talent

They might not have no talent but they are certainly smart to make a business/corporation from a MISTAKE that Kim had admitted to in the past, its not like she wasn't in relationship during the time, and last time I checkwe Ray J the one that released the sex tape. And I really wouldn't call them talentless because they had their own boutique since before they start Keeping Up with The Kardashian… and if you say that has nothing to do with talent then a lot of people with SUCCESSFUL boutiques have no talent as well.
Anonymous's picture

They might not have no talent

They might not have no talent but they are certainly smart to make a business/corporation from a MISTAKE that Kim had admitted to in the past, its not like she wasn't in relationship during the time, and last time I checkwe Ray J the one that released the sex tape. And I really wouldn't call them talentless because they had their own boutique since before they start Keeping Up with The Kardashian… and if you say that has nothing to do with talent then a lot of people with SUCCESSFUL boutiques have no talent as well.
Anonymous's picture

They might not have no talent

They might not have no talent but they are certainly smart to make a business/corporation from a MISTAKE that Kim had admitted to in the past, its not like she wasn't in relationship during the time, and last time I checkwe Ray J the one that released the sex tape. And I really wouldn't call them talentless because they had their own boutique since before they start Keeping Up with The Kardashian… and if you say that has nothing to do with talent then a lot of people with SUCCESSFUL boutiques have no talent as well.
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