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André Leon Talley Has a Lot To Say About the Little Black Dress

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André Leon Talley is back, everyone! Though the quotable editor has recently accepted a position with Numéro Russia, he is not, thank God, disappearing from the New York fashion scene entirely. Last night, he hosted a discussion at the French Instiute Alliance Francaise in Manhattan to promote his new book, Little Black Dress. We have one word for all this: Yay! Read on for ALT's best quotes from the night after the jump.—Shannon Perry

On the LBD Donna Karan wore back in 2002:
"She donated this dress to SCAD [Savannah College of Art & Design] because I said she had to."

On the 2012 Oscars:
"I'm so sick of mermaid dresses, trains, borrowed bling-bling, and a pose."

On why Carolina Herrera's navy blue gown made it into the book:
"Because sometimes navy blue can be black. It's an individual choice... If the invitation says 'black tie', you can wear navy blue."

On Marc Jacobs' little black dress moment:
"Mayor Bloomberg was going to have a cardiac arrest. I love that he [Marc] wore the little collar buttoned up, like a pilgrim."

On that one time he took Whoopi Goldberg shopping at Ralph Rucci:
"she ordered clothes like she was a lady in Paris. And she paid for them."

On Norma Kamali's 2012 latex dress:
"I think the girl called 'Pink' wore it."

On whether his cape counts as an LBD:
"No, my cape is my cape... I do wish I wore kilts more."

On who would play him in the movie of his life:
"Will Smith."

· Little Black Dress by Andre Leon Talley [Rizzoli/Official Site]
· Andre Leon Talley is Not Leaving Vogue, Says Andre Leon Talley [Racked]