Contributing editor at Vogue, editor at large for Numéro Russia, late night talk show host — if it sounds like André Leon Talley has a lot on his plate right now, that’s because, well, he really does. At 63, the front row fixture is taking on a whole slew of new projects, prompting many to speculate that he might be ready to end his 30 year run at Condé Nast.
In today’s WWD, however, Talley quashes this rumor and explains his real motivation behind building his resumé. About Vogue, he says:
“I’ve been there for 30 years; it was a tough decision when I went to talk to Anna about this. I’m proud to say I’m going to be 64, I felt I needed more financial security as I go in my twilight age, a little bit more cash for mortgages and as I go into retirement. I took the job because I love Russia and the salary was something fabulous. Money isn’t everything, but it is when you start thinking about putting money away for your retirement days…Anna was very sympathetic and understood and she decided we remain on good terms and that I do the digital and the online. And I’m very happy to do it.”
In sum: cash, money, mortgage. It may not be the most glamorous of explanations, but if the editor’s Ugg obsession taught us anything, it’s that ALT is a practical kind of guy — even if his attire may sometimes indicate otherwise.