Last night, we had the honor of viewing Laura Smalls‘ spring 2013 collection. The Michelle Obama-approved designer sent out a smattering of tailored looks, and sitting right across from us in the front row was André Leon Talley in a burgundy ensemble, and wait, Uggs? Indeed.
We caught up with the 62-year-old Talley, who said that Smalls has great potential and that Michelle truly inspires women.
“I thought that Laura has great promise,” he told us. “I think she has very sophisticated ideas, and that she’s a woman of great promise and has a great future. I think the pieces could be interpreted by Madame Obama for herself, definitely. Michelle Obama is an icon. She’s the greatest icon of our times. She’s a great First Lady and a great orator. I think she inspires women to be liberated in their fashion, as well as be liberated in their lives and what they do.”
And we of course had to ask about his Uggs.
“Yes, and why not? I’m in it for comfort. When I discovered Uggs, it was a revelation. I love Uggs. Uggs can be as chic as heels for women. Uggs are comfort shoes and it’s important to have a shoe that gives you a sense of comfort. I have about 15 pair of Uggs — the same shoe, the same color. And I also have the bedroom slippers. It’s my shoe of choice at this moment of 2012 — it has been my shoe of choice. I love that you noticed I’m wearing Uggs. And this is a Tom Ford bag.”
But wait, that’s not all! He had more to say about his footwear of choice:
“Uggs for me are a moment of utilitarian comfort that keeps you anchored in the reality of today’s world, which is very important. People have forgotten, and we’re all so busy running around, and these shoes give me a grounding. Men also have shoes, but sometimes, those tight little fabulous shoes are not exactly the thing you could wear for eight hours a day.”