Not only is the St. Louis Art Museum a free attraction, but the special exhibitions and accompanying speakers are out of this world. The latest? Andre Leon Talley, in town to visit the STL Fashion Incubator and introduce the museum's latest exhibition, "Reigning Men: Fashion In Menswear, 1715-2015." He was funny, articulate, and gossipy without an ounce of bitchiness--a genuine joy. Some snippets:
On Diana Vreeland: "She worked at home all morning and arrived to the office at 1230 daily. Her lunch was a tiny cucumber tea sandwich and a shot of Dewar's scotch. She was immaculate." On his favorite piece of men's clothing: "A pressed white shirt." On pissing off Oscar de la Renta's wife: "Sometimes you're so wrong you have to fix it with homemade jam." On whether modern style has become too casual: "I don't judge."
On men's fashion in general: "Why American men don't wear dresses is beyond me. Men wear them the world over. They're comfortable, practical, and--how to say it elegantly?--allow for proper ventilation."
On whether the romper for men is a good thing: (After throwing his head back, his hands up, and rolling his eyes) "No."