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The Inimitable André

Some people pursue an "it" handbag -- real or fake -- as a status symbol.  Others attempt to share the same "exclusive" venue as celebrities and other wannabes -- St. Barths, Aspen, or (this week) the tents in Bryant Park. 

As New York Fashion Week got underway on Friday, the (unwilling to be linked) Wall Street Journal offered advice to would-be gatecrashers at the see-and-be scene:  beware the fashion police.  Despite this imposing security detail, my own experience is that a determined fashionista can beg, buy, or sneak her way in with relative ease (assuming, of course, that a legitimate invitation is not forthcoming).  It does, however, require a bit of advance research.

Impersonating fashion royalty might work for a lookalike -- but it's doubtful.  And in the case of the WSJ's "diminutive thirtysomething white woman" who claimed to be "Andrea Leon Talley," it was definitely a howler.

Not laughing yet?  The inimitable Vogue Editor-at-Large, André Leon Talley, is indeed quite large -- about 6'7" -- and African American.  When he makes an entrance in a spectacular, one-of-a-kind coat or cape, surrounded by his entourage and flashes from the paparazzi, no introductions are necessary. 

And what's the point of airing your best pre-spring finery if not to be yourself?

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