The lines are further blurred by the fact that in fashion, professional relationships are often cultivated in non-professional settings: on a beach for a photo shoot where everyone is at the same resort; having dinner at Caviar Kaspia in Paris to celebrate a show. It was a common practice in glossy magazines to hire certain “contributing editors” based on their social connections so that they could press their friends into subjects.
In fact, it was partly because he enjoyed Karl Lagerfeld’s favor, Mr Talley writes in his memoir, that he was so important to Vogue. And he enjoyed Mr. Lagerfeld’s favor partly because he believed in his talent so clearly and vocally.
With that in mind, the idea that a friend, although one whose business was visibly intertwined with Mr. Talley’s business, would offer to help him buy a house if he got in trouble probably didn’t seem strange. Mainly because Mr. Malkemus had previously acted as his deputy.
In 2004 Mr. Talley had to leave his New York apartment because of mold, according to Mr. Talley’s affidavit. In part because Mr. Talley (who was worth thinking about money to buy the nice things he longed for) had already gotten into financial trouble three times – he filed for bankruptcy in North Carolina in 1997 and 1998 and in New York in 1993, largely due to non-payment of taxes – getting a mortgage would be complicated.
So, Mr Malkemus and Mr Yurgaitis offered to act as stand-in for Mr Talley: buy the house and hold the mortgage, as stated in Mr Talley’s lawsuit, which claims he will own one in good faith Day of ownership. According to the affidavit, he had also paid for the maintenance and improvement of the property, including $ 12,000 for a new boiler and $ 30,000 for a roof replacement.
Given that Mr Talley claimed in 1999 that Mr Malkemus helped him buy a car in the same way – for reasons not stated in the affidavit, Mr Talley “was unable to do it himself “, And wired Mr. Malkemus about $ 45,000. In the newspapers it is said that Mr. Malkemus “went to a dealer and with these funds bought the vehicle in my name” – there were precedents.