Fashion News Alert: Andre Leon Talley’s Housing Challenges, Jay Z Sells to LVMH, Megan Thee Stallion’s Harper’s Bazaar Cover, and Kris Jenner to Launch Beauty Brand

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Though Andre Leon Talley scored a hit with his second biography” Chiffon Trenches” in 2020, the flamboyant former creative director of Vogue US is now battling to stay in his home. Talley his resided at his current address, a historic 11-room colonial home with extensive gardens located in White Plains, NY since 2004.

Andre Leon Talley’s current residence was bought by George Malkemus and Anthony Yurgaitis for just over $1 million dollars in 2004. In the same year, Talley had to leave his former home due to mold and entered into a gentleman’s agreement that he would purchase the White Plains property from Yurgaitis and Malkemus, with a down payment of $120,000 dollars, paying off the remainder of costs over time.

According to Talley’s lawsuit against said owners as reported on, “The parties agreed that Talley would exclusively own, occupy and care for the home. It was agreed and always understood that Talley would, over time, ‘pay off’ the balance of the purchase price paid by the defendants at which point title would then formally be transferred to Talley.”

“In the meantime, the defendants would hold title for the beneficial ownership of Talley.” Yurgaitis and Malkemus contend that Talley owes over half a million dollars in back payment due to the fact that Talley’s monthly payments have been sporadic due to fluctuating income.

Talley contends that Malkemus and Yurgaitis want to sell the house at an enormous profit and that is why they are atempting to evict him. Though Talley has been residing at the house based a gentleman’s agreement, he has nothing in writing to support his continued occupancy.

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There is no stopping Megan Thee Stallion

Megan Thee Stallion really knows how to bring sexy to a magazine cover. For the March edition of Harper’s Bazaar, Megan dons a Chanel swimsuit, belt, and cape. She adds to this look with Bulgari earrings.

Inside the March issue, Megan Thee Stallion talks about the values of working hard, ignoring public scrutiny. She also talks about what the future holds for her after her new album drops later this year.

This has been a banner year for Megan. She strutted and sashayed at the American Music Awards, put the word out on “NPR’s Tiny Desk,” and spoke about the rights of sistas on “Saturday Night Live.” But, perhaps, a bigger accomplishment is Megan finishing her last semester at Texas Southern.  “I cannot wait. I’m going to have the biggest graduation party,” exclaims Megan.

Speaking of sexy fashion, in the inside editorial Megan flaunts Balenciaga, Saint Laurent, and Valentino. Talk about the hottie of hotties!! The March issue is available on newsstands March 2.

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More money for Kris Jenner

“And a child shall lead them” Or so, the biblical scripture goes.

In Kris Jenner’s experience, is taking a cue from her two children Kim and Kylie. Both leading her into the beauty industry.

Kris Jenner has registered trademarks for “Kris Jenner Beauty,” “Kris Jenner Skin” and “Kris Jenner Skincare,” according to E! News. The registered trademarks will cover products including cosmetics, skincare, nail care products, false eyelashes, hair care products, fragrances and more.

And if Kim and Kyle’s beauty companies are any indication of how successful Kris Jenner will be, watch out. Kim’s beauty companies were valued at $1 billion as of June 2020, and Kyle Jenner’s beauty brands were valued at 1.2 billion in 2019.

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LVMH goes back to its roots

For those of us in the fashion industry, we always think of (LVMH) Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy as a fashion holding company. However, the megabrand got its start with spirits. And with the fashion industry currently in a state of flux, LVMH is going back to its roots.

That said, LVMH has agreed to buy 50 percent of Armand de Brignac, the champagne brand owned by rapper icon Jay Z. The purchase being made through LVMH’s drink division, Moet Hennessy, includes distribution and a partnership with Jay Z. The sum of the purchase has not been disclosed.

Jay Z in a statement said, “it is a partnership that has felt familiar the entire time.” Jay Z added that “the sheer power of the Moet Hennessy global distribution framework, its unparalleled portfolio strength and its long-established track record of excellence in developing luxury brands will give Armand de Brignac the commercial power it needs to grow and flourish even further.”

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