Anna Wintour sheds tears when she talks to her ex-boyfriend and classmate Funeral of André Leon Talley At the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem on Friday.
“I talked about their friendship,” a source who attended the service told Page Six. “But what took over was when she told the story of Andre crossing the Atlantic to be with her when her mother died.” The source told us, “Her words were: ‘He crossed the Atlantic to be with me when my mother died,’ and that was when her health improved.”
“It was very intentional as if she wanted everyone to see her feelings,” the source said, adding that Wintour made sure to look at the audience as she read it. The Vogue icon didn’t wear her signature shade when she spoke, we hear.
Another source, who described the memorial as a “traditional black celebration, didn’t collapse, but had to stop after she started talking about her mother.”
“She was obviously having a hard time getting over it. I don’t think she was expecting to cry, but she was definitely moved. They said her speech was definitely the most honest.
We’re told that designer Marc Jacobs and model Naomi Campbell “cry a little” during their speeches.
But Tully’s funeral wasn’t all about tears, and it felt like a New York Fashion Week reunion. Sources told us that Diane von Furstenberg organized the service and “it was literally a fashion show,” the second source said.
“There were four publicists at the door with iPads checking names. There were paparazzi, a big white antique Rolls-Royce that Naomi arrived and left in, and all the fashionistas were there.”
We were told that Campbell “looked like a goddess” with furs and a big white hat, and she said that Talley wanted it while she spoke. The model said of her late friend, “When we felt we couldn’t get through a door locked in our face, he pushed me to open it and got me to do things I didn’t think I could do.”
We hear DVF said of Talley: “You had more sophistication and style than anyone I’ve ever met. We laughed and sometimes fought, because you weren’t always easy, which his friends in the crowd laughed at.”
“I was the fashion historian of our time,” said Carolina Herrera in remembrance.
Jacobs told the crowd, “In the past month, I have been rereading all of his wonderful letters and notes that I cherish… letters he wrote in his bold handwriting and bulky stationery. When the emails first arrived, his notes were filled with large letters and colorful emojis, using all Icons. He was the high priest of fashion.”
Singer Valerie Simpson talked about how Tully loved to party at her Upper Western restaurant, Sugar Bar, where he played a tambourine. Then she played the piano and sang “Nothing Like the Real Thing”.
Reverend Tully, Reverend Calvin Potts, delivered the eulogy, and had his devotees—including Harlem Bevy Smith—”feel the soul in the church.”
“People were standing and clapping and singing with the gospel choir. It was a very black Baptist experience,” said the second source.
Grace Coddington, Sandra Bernard, Bethan Hardison, Kate Moss, Gayle King, Fashion Bomb editor Claire Solmers, Kimora Lee Simmons, Dario Calmes and Native Son founder Emile Welbecken were among other mourners who filled the church.
next died January 18 At the age of 73 years. He joined Vogue in 1983 as director of fashion news and eventually became the magazine’s first black creative director, later its traveling editor.
“Amidst the lifelong memories of Andrei, I will never forget his kindness, his chivalry and his friendship,” Wintour Books in Vogue.