Ex-Vogue editor-at-large André Leon Talley had the fashion community buzzing this past week with the reveal of tea-filled excerpts from his upcoming memoir The Chiffon Trenches. While Talley commented on multiple people in the industry, most of the chatter was focused on his criticisms of Anna Wintour, who he described as “immune to anyone other than the powerful and famous people who populate the pages of Vogue.
American designer Ralph Rucci jumped in the fray with a lengthy post on Instagram on Saturday (April 25, 2020). While Talley’s critiques were focused on Wintour’s icy personality, Rucci instead challenged her credentials as a creative leader. Comparing Wintour to some of fashion’s most iconic editors, he wrote, “I will write about what I had to contend with concerning this very, very meaningless person who deeply knew that she had no substance to exist in the realms of [Carmel] Snow, [Diana] Vreeland, [Grace] Mirabella, [Eve] Orton and [June] Weir.
Likely referencing Condé Nast chairman S.I. Newhouse, who died in 2017, he wrote, “She did not act alone, she had a diabolical man who assisted in the santanic plan.” Slamming the door on his tirade, he wrote, “It’s a severe injury to the brain to realize that we have tolerated this mediocrity in our metier for almost four decades.”
Rucci left his eponymous label in 2014. It’s assumed he was forced out by billionaire investors Nancy and Howard Marks, who purchased a majority investment in the label in 2013 and were said to be frustrated by Rucci’s unwillingness to make offerings more accessible.
In addition to his bespoke work, in 2016 Rucci launched RR331, a label whose last presentation was staged in Paris in July 2019. Rucci stands as among among just a few American designers to be invited by the France’s Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture to show a haute couture collection.
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…..Now you DO REALIZE that a door, locked for years, out of fear of retribution for truth, has been OPENED WIDE. My dear friend and man of such vision, intelligence, and hurt has spoken forth regarding the British woman who works at Vogue. I am proud of him for taking this step because there has been so much personal evil and destruction, and now perhaps others will feel safe to speak. Last night He asked when will I find my space of strength and tell all. I told him and you that I will…. now he must take center stage. I have been working on all of the evil memories, and we have emailed and photographed proof along with many, many people who came forth and spoken….. and I will write about what I had to contend with concerning this very, very meaningless person who deeply knew that she had no substance to exist in the realms of Snow, Vreeland, Mirabella, Orton, Weir, and thus she had to ice berg her self to float through the sea and destroy not help our metier. It’s finished! The recalibration of life, perspective, and the essence, which is the need and destination of love, will now lift this disease. Oh, she did not act alone, she had a diabolical man who assisted in the santanic plan. Karma. It’s a severe injury to the brain to realize that we have tolerated this mediocrity in our metier for almost four decades.