Gayle King interviews fashion designer Telfar Clemens


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In case you haven’t noticed, our editor-in-chief Gayle King is rarely seen in pants, let alone jeans. Like she once said The Coveteur: “I wear pants very, very rarely. I wear dresses 99.9% of the time. I prefer them.”

But the CBS Mornings The anchor recently made an exception when she interviewed Telfar Clemens, the Liberian-American designer behind the ever-popular Telfar Shopping Bag, which was worn by Gabrielle Union, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and even Oprah. “We’re so excited to have the bag,” she told Clemens when she selected it as one of her 2020 things. “I appreciate the craftsmanship and thoughtfulness that went into it. to make it so superior. “

While visiting the brand’s 16-year-old Brooklyn studio for a CBS segment, Gayle got a glimpse of what Clemens described as his ‘stuff to come’ painting, which includes dozens of sweatshirts, shoes , shopping bags and other genderless designs. “People say that, and they say it like a buzzword. It’s not just something you scroll online… it’s actually like you’ve seen your mom and brother in there.” , did he declare. “And that’s okay. I don’t know why people put pressure on themselves to be so stressed. Fashion doesn’t have to be stressful. It can be cool.”

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One piece particularly marked Gayle: the brand’s “Thigh-Hole” jeans. “My eye is on this — help me understand what this it’s, “she said, pointing to the trendy design, which as the name suggests features cutout details at the thigh. She added,” And that’s an item which sells well? “

“This is the best-selling item in the new collection,” replied Clemens.

Even after looking at some of the brand’s other upcoming pieces, including puffy winter jackets and a duffel bag that Gayle says “will give the [Shopping] Getting your money’s worth, “our editor has always been” concerned “about the trendy pair of jeans. In response, Telfar’s creative director, Babak Radboy, told Gayle:” You have to. ‘to try.”

“You think about it too much,” Clemens added. “We’re going to do the Thigh Hole Challenge, and I’ll show you how it’s done.”

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This is exactly what Clemens and Gayle did. “You look so good! “Clemens yelled as Gayle stepped out wearing the jeans with a white off the shoulder top.” Look how fabulous you are! “

But Gayle disagreed: “You know I sound ridiculous!” Gayle said. “I just did this for the story, I’m going never wear these jeans. “

She added, waving to the camera: “But to all of you … I greet you!”

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