February 15, 2012: Fashion Week

To call this interview an ‘anomaly’ would be both a misstatement and an understatement.  To say that it is almost too strange to exist would be more to the point.

It’s not that Charlie hasn’t covered fashion on his show before.  In fact, if you look at the Fashion tag on his site, you can see that he has had a wide array of fashion designers and tastemakers on his show and he has hosted a segment devoted to New York Fashion Week about every 2 or 3 years.

However, I don’t think he’s ever had three unfuckably oddball women at the table at the same time and still managed to seem engaged for twenty minutes.  Even more interestingly, he specifically refers to this trio as “friends of mine” at the beginning of the interview.

Here’s the cast of characters:

1. Diane Von Furstenberg

Diane Von Furstenberg is definitely a friend of Charlie’s, having first appeared on the broadcast in 1998, and having been a regular visitor ever since then.  One of the best parts of this interview is her discussion with Charlie about Marlene Dietrich, whom she lists as an inspiration, but might more accurately be described as a previous incarnation.  Diane is the one lady who obstinately defies the “unfuckable” label that I used above.  My guess is that nothing has ever happened between her and Charlie though – as soon as it does, I doubt we’ll see her back on the broadcast.

2. Daphne Guinness

The best I can tell, Daphne Guinness hails from the Capitol city in Panem where the Hunger Games are held.  She was a friend of Alexander McQueen’s, which Charlie tries to delve into, but Daphne seems completely ill-at-ease at the table.  A full time socialite and part time lover of Bernard-Henri Lévy (no wonder Charlie describes her as “a friend”), she is an heiress to the Guinness Beer fortune.

3. Suzy Menkes

All I can say about this is

Charlie’s best reaction shot:

Charlie’s two best lines:

http://backatthistable.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/ysl.mp3

Interestingly, I think it’s Charlie himself who teaches us the most important lesson about fashion through example: find what works for you and stick with it!

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