The world lost a total legend on January 18th, as André Leon Talley passed away at the age of 73. The fashion icon broke barriers in the industry when he became the first African American male creative director of Vogue magazine in 1988. He went on to become the publication's editor-at-large for over a decade, from 1998 to 2013. Talley advocated for diversity and representation in the fashion world and paved the way for us to do better. Now, countless stars are paying tribute.
Kim Kardashian was one of the many celebs who took to social media to honor Talley, a friend and inspiration to many. "Love you, Andre," the fashion mogul wrote alongside a sweet shot where she's seen holding hands with the late icon. And Kim wasn't the only Kardashian to share her sadness over the tragic loss. "I am so saddened to hear of the passing of André Leon Talley," momager Kris wrote on Instagram. "We shared some very memorable times together, and I will always remember how kind he was to me and my family."
And, of course, André was honored by some fellow icons from the fashion world. Legendary designer Diane von Furstenberg took to the 'gram with an emotional tribute to her late friend. "Good bye darling André… no one saw the world in a more elegant and glamorous way than you did… no one was more soulful and grander than you were… the world will be less joyful now," she wrote. "I have loved you and laughed with you for 45 years…. I will miss your loud screams and your loyal friendship… I love you soooo much."
Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour also recognized Talley's memorable impact in a statement. "The loss of André is felt by so many of us today: the designers he enthusiastically cheered on every season, and who loved him for it; the generations he inspired to work in the industry, seeing a figure who broke boundaries while never forgetting where he started from; those who knew fashion, and Vogue, simply because of him," she said. Another Hollywood star shared another touching tribute for Mr. Talley: "Wow we are just losing our icons!" Leslie Jones remarked. "Andre Leon Talley was Legendary! RIP KING!!" RIP King André Leon Talley.