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At the Met Gala, Talley asked designer Michael Kors and models Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner about their guilty pleasures. Coast asked Talley about his. Instead of whining about hamburgers, like every other celebrity, he purred, “My bed. I can do everything from bed.” Later he pointed at a pair of Ipumod mesh polka dot pumps ($695). “Some ladies can easily wear those in bed,” he chuckled. :: manoloblahnik.com

André Leon Talley, contributing editor for Vogue, towers as fashion’s majestic guardian. His distinguished 6-foot-4 frame and booming voice command attention. So do his outfits.
On an unseasonably warm fall afternoon at Neiman Marcus Fashion Island, Talley wore a billowy burnt orange Tom Ford caftan. He beamed as a crowd of Vogue fans and Manolo acolytes met for a conversation with him and George Malkemus III, Manolo Blahnik CEO.
Questions ranged from the gossipy “When will Anna Wintour retire?” (“Never”); to global “How was Russia?” (“It paid very well. And, no! I had no interest in meeting Mr. Putin”); and, finally, to the vital, “What are your favorite Manolos this season?”

At that, Talley scanned Neiman’s shoe department. He pointed toward a top shelf. On display: a pair of Fufius Hangisi knee-high boots by Manolo Blahnik: a towering 4.3-inch heel with delicate pointed toe and four crystal-adorned buckles. “If you don’t have a man, go out wearing those,” said Talley. “You won’t be alone for long, honey.”  

This winter, the attire is noticeably boudoir-friendly: flowing robes, hand-sewn velvet slippers and sultry high-heel Manolos.

As the event ended, women lined up, eagerly waiting to try on the Fufius Hangisi boots. Talley’s feet stayed cozy in tan suede, fur-lined moccasins.

Newport Beach shoe lovers Kim Fox and Lynn Pyle designed the fashion- and bedroom-friendly Fifi Venezia velvet slippers ($235) handcrafted in Italy. Available at A’maree’s, Newport Beach :: fifivenezia.com

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