The Vogue Podcast: Hamilton’s Leslie Odom Jr. on Starring in the Broadway Smash Hit and the Best Advice He’s Ever Received

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The Vogue podcast has arrived, giving you an inside ear into the well-heeled world of fashion. Hosted by André Leon Talley, each episode will feature a number of much-buzzed-about topics—from what’s in the magazine to who’s making headlines to what everyone is talking about around the office. Subscribe on iTunes so you don’t miss an episode!

 

Episode 24

“An artist spends their whole life trying to get back to the place where their heart was first opened up,” says Leslie Odom, Jr. of one of his all-time favorite quotes. “Rent opened my heart up and Hamilton put me right back in that place.” The actor, who has been nominated for a Tony for his role in the smash hip-hop musical hit, talks to André Leon Talley about making his big Broadway debut in Rent at the ripe young age of 17 and the similarities between the two shows, specifically, the rebellious nature. “I think there was something about it that must have seemed to me like something that my parents wouldn’t have liked,” reveals Odom, Jr. “I didn’t want to pay rent either when I turned 21.”

While Odom, Jr., admits to having a few hangups with authority as an adolescent, he also talks about how his mother influenced his decision to take a beat from the stage in order to go to college, plus the wise words of advice he received from his now-father-in-law that kept him from quitting the business. To that end, take it from us when we say, you’ll want to tune in to hear this and more.

Listen Now: “ALT Interviews Leslie Odom Jr.”


Episode 23

“[We] like to introduce to our readers someone who we think is sort of on the cusp of being the next big thing,” so says Anna Wintour of actress Margot Robbie, the “perfect candidate” for Vogue’s June issue. Tune in for insider intel on the makings of the cover, courtesy of Fashion Director Tonne Goodman, plus get Wintour’s final word on a few of this month’s features that span subjects of stage (“Revolution on Broadway! The Season’s Most Electrifying Productions”), screen (“Inside The Get Down, Baz Luhrmann’s First Foray Onto the Small Screen”), and everything in between. Because, whether you’ve already read it or you’re yearning for more, now you can experience the new issue with not one, but two editors.

Listen Now: “ALT Interviews Anna Wintour and Tonne Goodman”

 


Episode 22

How does one become Erdem? Through either nature or nurture, Erdem Moralioglu has always been interested in style, citing Yves Saint Laurent couture shows as one of his earliest influences. “As a child, I . . . was so hungry for anything related to fashion,” says Moralioglu. Here, the Canadian-born, London-based designer shares his own recipe for success, of which included stints interning for the likes of Vivienne Westwood and Diane von Furstenberg, as well as the cherry on top of it all: “The most wonderful thing as a designer is to see your work being worn by extraordinary, amazing, intelligent women,” he says. Moralioglu cites actresses Keira Knightley and Lena Dunham by name, but not without gracing André Leon Talley with a story about mutual friend and recent dinner companion Lynn Wyatt. Tune in to get the full scoop.

Listen Now: “ALT Interviews Erdem Moralioglu”

 


Episode 21

It’s been said that Kim Kardashian West and husband Kanye’s coordinating couple’s style is something of an art form, but according to André Leon Talley, it was the rapper turned designer’s shredded denim moment at the 2016 Met Gala that recalled artist Andy Warhol. “I applaud [Kanye West] for taking that freedom and that bravery and courage to wear jeans,” says Talley in the latest installment of the Vogue podcast. “If Andy Warhol had come to the Met in 2016 he would have worn jeans—he wore jeans everywhere. I worked for him; I knew him personally. He wore jeans with his tuxedo, he wore jeans to the Vatican, he wore jeans to the most important houses in Paris.”

Fresh off the “Manus x Machina” red carpet, Talley sits down with Vogue.com Style Editor Edward Barsamian and Vogue Executive Director of Communications Hildy Kuryk to discuss this and other defining style moments from fashion’s biggest night. From the hippest teenager in attendance to the most-talked-about dress at the ball, tune in to hear the trio’s take, and click through the slideshow to see the star looks that come up in conversation.

Listen Now: “Met Gala Best Dressed With Edward Barsamian and Hildy Kuryk”

 


Episode 20, Part 2

The first Monday in May is upon us, and we have picked back up the conversation with Andrew Bolton, curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. Here, Bolton recalls his first show at the New York City landmark in 2002, plus offers a few hints about what we can expect for next year’s exhibition: “It is very timely and political . . . it’s going to be very controversial.” And without question, you’ll want to tune in to the latest installment of the Vogue podcast now.

Listen Now: ALT Interviews Andrew Bolton

 


Episode 20, Part 1

How does one begin to piece together an exhibition made up of more than 150 ensembles—dating from the early 20th century to today—that illustrate the dichotomy between handmade haute couture and machine-made fashion? Enter Andrew Bolton, the star curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. Here, Bolton discusses everything from his plans to (once again) engage the viewer’s imagination in a temporary context with “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology” to the Chanel Fall 2014 Couture “supermodern” bridal moment that inspired it all. The exhibition is set to open May 5, but you can tune in to episode 20, part one, now for a peek at what’s to come.

Listen Now: ALT Interviews Andrew Bolton

 


Episode 19

“We thought that we could take Taylor [Swift], who is a beautiful, beautiful girl, but has been a little bit more conservative in her fashion choices, and turn her into a Hedi Slimane rock ’n’ roll girl,” says Anna Wintour of the new May Vogue, also known as the Met Issue, featuring a decidedly edgier Swift. A mere few weeks away, Met Gala fever is in full swing, and even André Leon Talley can’t help but press Wintour on the star styles to come, specifically that of the cover girl and cochair. “Having seen the sketches, I think she’s going to look fantastic,” revealed Wintour. While we’ll have to wait until the red carpet is rolled out to know more, Vogue’s Fashion Director, Tonne Goodman, tides us over with fascinating tidbits behind Swift’s “less innocent” look, as seen in the pages of the magazine. From what makes her a “fashion beast” to how she embraced a Jane Birkin beauty moment, stream the new episode now—and check back for regular appearances from Wintour with each new issue that hits stands.

Listen Now: ALT Interviews Anna Wintour and Tonne Goodman

 


Episode 18:

In episode 18, The First Monday in May director Andrew Rossi takes us behind the scenes of filming the upcoming documentary (in theaters April 15), which follows Vogue Editor in Chief Anna Wintour and the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton as they plan 2015’s exhibition and gala, “China: Through the Looking Glass.” Shooting handheld, Rossi’s cinema verité style puts viewers in the room, providing a sense that they are gliding through the exhibit right alongside Wintour and Bolton. “As Anna walks, she really has a unique, iconic gait,” says Rossi. When Rossi wasn’t meeting Wintour at her Manhattan townhouse for 6:15 a.m. call times en route to the museum, he was filming Karl Lagerfeld at Coco Chanel’s legendary Paris apartment. “He immediately asked for a Diet Coke, which his butler gave him,” revealed Rossi. So grab your own soda or snack of choice, settle in, and stream the latest podcast for a sneak peek at what goes into hosting—and capturing—the party of the year.

Listen Now: ALT Interviews Andrew Rossi


 

Episode 17

Starting today, tune into a new installment of the Vogue podcast dedicated to the Met Gala, from now until the party of the year on May 2. Each week, we’ll consider different perspectives from a variety of guests, including Andrew Bolton, curator of the exhibition “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology”; Andrew Rossi, director of the documentary The First Monday in May; and more. To kick things off, we turned to perennial Met Gala attendee Marc Jacobs. Here, the designer discusses everything from dressing Cher to the dress code, including the year Anna Wintour wanted it “more clubby and young.”

Listen Now: ALT Interviews Marc Jacobs


 

Episode 16

Whether you missed it or want more, the April issue comes to life in the latest installment of the Vogue podcast. In episode 16, André Leon Talley kicks things off with a complete reading of Rihanna’s feature story before ringing up Fashion Director Tonne Goodman. Why is a full-length cover such a rarity? What is it about RiRi that makes it work (work, work)? Tune in to get the full story beyond what’s written in the magazine.

Listen Now: ALT Interviews Tonne Goodman


 

 

Episode 15

In episode 15, Vogue Beauty Director Celia Ellenberg catches up with Bobbi Brown, fresh off the Fall 2016 fashion show circuit. From the messy hair and glowing skin she created backstage at Marchesa to the must-have beauty products she can’t live without, Brown gives us a lesson in how to use makeup to look better, and it (spoiler) doesn’t involve a Kardashian contouring kit.

Listen Now: Celia Ellenberg Interviews Bobbi Brown


 

Episode 14

In this special bonus episode, Vogue Executive Director of Communications Hildy Kuryk and Fashion Director Tonne Goodman discuss two-time March cover girl Adele. From the gradual evolution of her signature look since gracing the pages of the magazine in 2012 to the overnight creation of the Erdem frock she wears in this month’s issue, tune in to the Vogue podcast and go behind the singing sensation’s cover, then and now.

Listen Now: “Hildy Kuryk Interviews Tonne Goodman”


 

Episode 13

In episode 13, Alexander Wang takes a break from fitting models for his Fall ready-to-wear show to talk to André Leon Talley and reminisce on rising through the ranks before ultimately winning the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund in 2008. Clearly, Wang knows a thing or two about working one’s way up the fashion totem pole (even working as an intern in the Vogue fashion closet!), and on the eve of The Fashion Fund season 3 premiere, Wang and Vogue Accessories Director Selby Drummond shared their pearls of wisdom for the new class. Tune in to hear what they had to say about surviving the months-long CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund competition, or Vogue Boot Camp, as Drummond calls it, where “if you’re not 30 minutes early, you’re late.” The pressure is officially on!

Listen Now: “ALT Interviews Alexander Wang and Selby Drummond”


 

Episode 12

In episode 12, Vogue.com Culture Editor Abby Aguirre talks to Laura Poitras, the Pulitzer–winning journalist and Oscar-winning director of Citizenfour, a film documenting the eight days she spent holed up in a Hong Kong hotel room in 2013 with intelligence analyst Edward Snowden. Poitras is also the subject of “Astro Noise,” a new exhibition of loosely connected immersive installations, each in their own way about surveillance, currently on display at The Whitney Museum of American Art. Here, Poitras walks us through the exhibition, reveals what it was like being on a terrorism-related watch-list in the early aughts, plus what she really thinks of Homeland.

Listen Now: “Abby Aguirre Interviews Laura Poitras”


 

Episode 11

In episode 11, André Leon Talley sits down with Orange Is the New Black’s Alysia Reiner and Backwards’s Sarah Megan Thomas to get the scoop on producing and starring in Equity, the first female-driven film about Wall Street. From how sexy is too sexy on the trading floor to making movies that help better the world for women, tune in to hear the trio’s exchange.

Listen Now: “ALT Interviews Alysia Reiner and Sarah Megan Thomas”


 

Episode 10

In episode 10, André Leon Talley talks to Ben Stiller, aka Derek Zoolander, and Vogue Fashion Director Tonne Goodman to get the details on the really, really, really ridiculously anticipated Zoolander 2, the theme of the February Vogue cover shoot. From “photobombing” the cover with costar Penélope Cruz to filming the sequel with Anna Wintour, Stiller let us in on the inside scoop (and maybe a few spoilers, too).

Listen Now: “ALT Interviews Ben Stiller and Tonne Goodman”


 

 

Episode 9

In episode nine, André Leon Talley talks to Vogue Fashion Director Tonne Goodman to get the scoop all things Alicia Vikander, from styling those sleek microbangs to dressing the actress in looks plucked straight off the runway. Get to know the Danish Girl star now as Talley kicks things off with a reading of the complete cover story.

Listen Now: “ALT Interviews Tonne Goodman”

 


 

Episode 8
In episode eight, Vogue Social Editor Chloe Malle and André Leon Talley share their favorite gifts for everyone on your list from the sports fanatic to the world traveler. Listen here and shop their picks below—there’s just enough time to pick them up and put them under the tree.

Listen Now: “ALT Interviews Chloe Malle”

 

 


 

 

Episode 7
In episode seven, actor and environmental activist Adrian Grenier sheds light on climate change before joining leaders from around the globe at the COP21 summit in Paris. As the cofounder of SHFT, a platform helping to bring a more sustainable focus to the way people live their lives, the self-described affirmative thinker is setting his sights on what’s possible for the future and encourages us to do the same. As the conversation moves from land to sea, Grenier introduces us to the loneliest whale on earth, the inspiration and “spokeswhale” behind Grenier’s newly launched foundation, Lonely Whale. Why is he so lonely? Listen here and find out more.

Listen Now: “ALT Interviews Adrian Grenier”

 


 

Episode 6
Whether you missed it or want more, the December issue comes to life in the latest installment of the Vogue podcast. Here, André Leon Talley talks to Vogue Fashion Director Tonne Goodman to get the scoop on shooting in the desert with Jennifer Lawrence, casting the horse the cover star rode in on, plus the must-have boots seen in every shot. Now saddle up and stream episode 6 as Talley kicks things off with a reading of the complete cover story.

Listen Now: “ALT Interviews Tonne Goodman”

 


 

Episode 5
In the latest episode, André rings up Kim Kardashian West on the heels of hosting the 2015 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund L.A. runway show. Here, the two discuss everything from date nights with Kanye and his grander-than-grand romantic gestures to designing her dream closet that will replicate a Saint Laurent in-store experience. With the expectant mother a few weeks away from giving birth to a sibling for daughter North, the conversation shifts to the joys of eating for two as Kardashian West details her daily meal plan, plus the chic little hole-in-the-wall with the best cheesecake in Paris.

Listen Now: “ALT Interviews Kim Kardashian West”

 


 

Episode 4
In episode four, André sits down with Vogue editors Grace Coddington, Virginia Smith, Phyllis Posnick, and Tonne Goodman to discuss all things Spring 2016. From trends they saw walk down the runway to Pat McGrath’s Tuileries takeover, hear their thoughts on the latest ready-to-wear-season and click through the slideshow below to see images the editors talk about in Episode 4.

Listen Now: “ALT Interviews Vogue Editors”

 

 

Episode 3
In episode three, André continues his conversation with Lee Daniels, creator of the hit show Empire. Lee opens up about his family, his personal style, and our culture today.

Listen Now: “ALT Interviews Lee Daniels, Part II”

 


Episode 2
In the second episode, André talks with Lee Daniels. Find out which moments from the show are based upon Lee’s childhood, what André and Lee think about Cookie (Taraji Henson), and more about the Empire spread in the September issue of Vogue.

Listen Now: “ALT Interviews Lee Daniels, Part I”

 


Episode 1
The first episode kicks off with an interview with Vogue Editor in Chief Anna Wintour. Listen below as she and André talk everything from Beyoncé to Loretta Lynch to Kanye for President! Plus, click through the slideshow below to see the September issue images Anna and André discuss in Episode 1.

Listen Now: “ALT Interviews Anna Wintour”

 

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Lady Charlotte Wellesley Stuns in an Off-the-Shoulder Emilia Wickstead Wedding Dress

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Lady Charlotte Wellesley, a descendant of Queen Victoria via her mother, Princess Antonia, Duchess of Wellington, married financier and philanthropist Alejandro Santo Domingo while wearing a structured off-the-shoulder Emilia Wickstead wedding dress and cathedral-length veil embroidered with polka dots Saturday in Íllora, Spain, just north of Granada.

The bride’s long train led to a brief moment of stress when negotiating her exit from the arrival car, but she and her father, the 9th Duke of Wellington—whose ancestor defeated Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815—quickly recovered, making it out unscathed and with her entire look intact. They walked up arm in arm to the Church of the Incarnation in front of cheering onlookers all smiles.

The Duchess of Cornwall Camilla Parker Bowles, wearing tiered cream chiffon; Spain’s former king Juan Carlos I; singer James Blunt, who is married to the bride’s cousin Sofia Wellesley; Czech supermodel Eva Herzigova; and Jemma Kidd, who is married to the Duke’s heir apparent Arthur Wellesley, were just a few of the notables in attendance. The couple exchanged vows in a Catholic ceremony before a reception for over 200 guests at the Duke’s nearby estate.

 

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There used to be nothing appealing about the arrival of Monday mornings. After a too-short weekend, all that awaited was an hour-long commute and a busy week of work. But a few months ago, during said commute, I stumbled upon a playlist while listening to Spotify on my phone. Well into my ride, I realized I hadn’t once skipped a track, something that rarely happened when I decided to try new music. While I had never heard any of the songs that were playing, strangely enough, the mix was exactly the kind of music I loved to listen to.

That was my first encounter with Discover Weekly, an algorithm-made playlist of 30 songs released every Monday morning on Spotify. Ever since then, I’ve been hooked on it—and I found out I wasn’t alone. Since Discover Weekly launched last July, it has become one of the most successful features of the company. Last week, Spotify shared that more than 40 million listeners had subscribed to the weekly-curated mixtapes. And more than half of those listeners, like myself, were returning every week for more.

All of the streaming services (Spotify, Tidal, Apple Music, Pandora) have similar browsing pages with album covers or radio stations that recommend music based on your taste. But Spotify’s Matt Ogle, who oversees discovery and personalization at the company, saw that no one was really using those recommendation features. “One of our hunches for why that was [happening] was that it was a little too much work,” he said. “It was a bit like the virtual equivalent of going to the record store and starting with A and going through the stacks.” Ogle and his team landed on the idea of creating an automatized playlist of new music every week that users could simply press “play” and let roll.

The genius of Discover Weekly, though, isn’t its convenience; it’s just how scary good it is at finding music you’ll eventually find yourself playing on repeat. Its weekly recommendations pull from all corners of Spotify’s immense catalog. You might find songs and remixes from popular artists you’ve somehow never heard before, or new releases by indie bands that don’t even have a full record out yet, or a track from an obscure group from Brazil. For example, a recent mix of mine contained songs from Lana Del Rey, The Bird and the Bee, BOSCO, Alabama Shakes, and a band called Dirty Art Club. “Even though there’s an algorithm programming it for you, we wanted to feel a bit like a friend, a bit like a mixtape,” said Ogle.

There are two main ingredients that help the algorithm do its job. First, it breaks down your music profile by taking a look at what you’ve been listening to and emphasizing your most recent plays. Then it searches for user-generated playlists that feature those same songs, and pulls other tracks from the same mix. The algorithm is essentially finding other people out in the world who have your same taste in music and harnessing their preferences into a mix especially for you. (Be forewarned: These perfectly curated playlists are ephemeral and disappear every Monday to make room for a new collection of songs—so save your music!)

Discover Weekly doesn’t just benefit music lovers every Monday either; it has also done wonders for up-and-coming musicians who have found a new way to disseminate their music online. More than 8,000 artists on Spotify had half of their total listeners find them on Discover Weekly. “The power of online is that it can level the playing field,” said Ogle. “If this many millions of people get into this habit every Monday, it’s a really big opportunity for artists to get heard that wouldn’t otherwise.”

 

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For a certain kind of girl, ringing in the sunny season is as simple as a brand-new dye job. And we’re not just talking about adding a few face-framing sun-kissed streaks—because when done right, a bold color tweak is the beauty equivalent of a freshly stocked summer wardrobe.

Case in point: Brie Larson shot to fame with a pitch-perfect dirty blonde hue, but her Titian makeover earlier this month leaves no doubt that there’s more than one knockout hair color for everyone. Amal Clooney might agree: As it turns out, the significantly warmed-up shade of brunette she stepped out with at Cannes is just as well-suited to a bright red lip as her signature obsidian mane.

Emma Roberts, who had a scene-stealing run as an almost-platinum blonde, is now a dead ringer for her aunt Julia Roberts in her Pretty Woman days, thanks to her recently adopted fiery auburn color. As for the damage that a radical dye job can do to an otherwise healthy head of hair—what about it? If Emma Stone, Rooney Mara, and Kristen Stewart are any indication, in the right professional hands, even a rich brunette can be lifted to a bright white blonde shade that requires little more than weekly deep-conditioning love.

Here, seven reasons to let your colorist have a little fun.

 

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