>> Grace Coddington has been working on a memoir since last year, and now it sounds like it's guaranteed to get published: she's sold it to Random House for a rumored $1.2 million. The book is said to cover Coddington's early life in Wales, her time as a model in '60s London, the car accident that changed her career path, and the subsequent years spent as a stylist and editor at both British and American Vogue. Although she was originally collaborating with Jay Fielden, he left the project after becoming editor-in-chief of Town & Country; Coddington is now said to be co-writing the book with former Vanity Fair fashion and style director Michael Roberts. Random House declined comment. [NYO]
>> After losing the T editorship — which she at one point thought she was a shoo-in for — to Sally Singer, the magazine's fashion director Anne Christensen has resigned from her post. She wrote to WWD during a break from styling for Vogue China: “I’ve had a great 10 years at the Times and T magazines under 2 creative and smart editors: Amy Spindler and Stefano Tonchi. I’m very proud of the work I’ve done there and particularly proud of the upcoming Fall women’s T that I worked very hard on. Now I’m happy to move on to other adventures. I wish Sally Singer the best of luck. She has inherited a wonderful group of people at T.” As for her future: “I do want to explore other magazine possibilities. I like having magazine as a base — for a stylist, it gives you a real voice, and that’s important. And I have a great freelance career that I will continue, as well.”
>> Is Michael Roberts Gone from Vanity Fair? —Yesterday, WWD posted an item headlined "Michael Roberts Out at Vanity Fair" and beginning "After much speculation, it appears that Michael Roberts is officially on the way out of Vanity Fair." However, the item has since been taken down from both WWD's Twitter and the website. Roberts joined Vanity Fair as fashion and style director from the New Yorker in 2006. [WWD, @jyotika, @LibertyLndnGirl]
"She's a disaster! Can't walk at all. Make her go faster! Not very tall." That's fashion and style director of Vanity Fair Michael Roberts taking a jab at the catwalks. If you want to hear more cheeky poetry about the fashion industry, pick up Roberts's book Fashion Victims: The Catty Catalogue of Stylish Casualties ($22). It's a quick, fun read, dedicated to avant-garde darling Isabella Blow. From designers to auctions, trends to fur, heels to editors, the author has something witty to rhyme for all things style-related. It's nice to know he doesn't take himself, or his job, too seriously!
Carlos Miele loves his homeland Brazil so much — can you blame him? — he took his Spring '09 ad campaign, shot by Michael Roberts, on location there. Ipanema Beach and the Dois Irmãos Mountain in Rio de Janeiro served as the most exotic backdrop to the vibrant, silky gowns. "I was inspired by the dance between the woman’s body and Rio’s nature," the designer said. The models Miele chose to capture the essence of Brazil are natives Aline Webber and Emanuela de Paula. The contrast between their skin and hair makes for a magical partnership. And the ethereal dresses? I can't stop drooling. Cue the bossa nova music and it's golden.
All we are saying is give peace, erm, fashion a chance says bridal fashion show Bridal Asia in New Delhi India which featured Pakistani models in an effort to promote cross cultural understanding through every little girl's dream. Literally we are imagning, arranged marriages are still huge.
The country lifestyle has gone far beyond Barbour jackets and duck boots when it comes to strange inspirations for fashion. It turns out shooting is the next big fashion inspiration. Beretta, the firearms manufacturer, has a clothing line called 1526. The line focuses on the shooting lifestyle that countryside sports represents. Made in Italy from luxury materials we are willing to bet this is going to show up at Freeman's in a month or so. Other gun manufacturers seeing a boom in clothing demand include James Purdey & Sons and Holland and Holland. Who knew?
Fashion critic and illustrator Michael Roberts has a new book called "Fashion Victims" features 26 poems with accompanying illustrations based on the letters of the alphabet, ranging from Auctions to Zips.
The solution the Wall Street collapse? Brazil, Russia, India and China - the BRIC economies, have a growing middle class that is developing an appetite for luxury.
Boucheron has launched an ecommerce site proving once again that Gucci Group is consistently the most innovative of the luxury conglomerates when it comes to online retailing and luxury technology use.
"Fashion shouldn't be about absoluteness, otherwise it would be a church," says Lang, whose first art exhibition, Alles Gleich Schwer, at the Kestnergesellschaft in Hanover, Germany, is currently attracting him plenty of renewed attention.
L'Oreal is sponsoring Dubai Fashion Week which runs October 5th through the 9th. Way to hop on that trend guys!