If the September Issue had you craving more Coddington, get ready — the Vogue editor is prepping for her own autobiography. She confirmed to WWD that she'll be collaborating with former Men's Vogue Editor in Chief Jay Fielden, who also helped to write and edit her first book in 2002, Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue. We're anxiously awaiting her second book, a look at a rich "fashion history," her days as a model, and journey to Vogue — and, if you are too, get a head start with a look at five Coddington facts you'll hear more of when the memoir debuts.
>> Grace Coddington has confirmed that she is working with former Men's Vogue editor-in-chief Jay Fielden (who she previously collaborated with on Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue) on a memoir.
“We’re just starting, and I think it’s going to be a really fun project,” she told WWD. “I’m hoping it’s going to be very rich in fashion history. It’s more than just about me.” The book will cover her 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. Fielden and Coddington have reportedly signed with literary agent Elyse Cheney (who has worked with the likes of Dave Eggers and Benjamin Kunkel) and plan to shop the finished book proposal to publishers this Fall. Fielden has already accompanied Coddington to the July couture shows in Paris and started conducting interviews with her network of friends and colleagues.
>> After an 18-year hiatus from the pages of Vogue, Peter Lindbergh is back with a 14-page editorial in the magazine's July 2010 issue, featuring Natalia Vodianova and Ewan Macgregor. Grace Coddington, who along with Anna Wintour asked the photographer to come back, did styling honors. Lindbergh doesn't have a contract with the magazine, however, so it's unclear how often his work will grace Vogue's pages.
>> Stefano Tonchi seems to have emerged as the frontrunner for the W editor-in-chief position — one "highly placed source" at The New York Times confirmed to WWD that Tonchi had been speaking with Conde Nast, but had not made a decision regarding the W job as of Friday. Over at Conde Nast, several sources told WWD that Tonchi had already signed a deal, but the official word from a Conde spokeswoman is that a decision had not yet been made, although there “will be an announcement possibly early next [this] week.”
Meanwhile, over the weekend, Bryanboy noticed that Andre Leon Talley was moved from editor-at-large to contributing editor on the April 2010 Vogue masthead. The move could have to do with his new position as America's Next Top Model judge, and Fashionista noted that during New York Fashion Week, ALT kept a distance "from the rest of the Vogue team–we didn’t spot him with the rest of the editorial staff even once, and on the last day of the week he attended one Ralph Lauren show while the rest of the Vogue-ettes attended another . . . His pages, however, three on general goings on about town or it-girls of the moment, remain the same." Racked cites sources saying that Grace Coddington and Hamish Bowles, too, may be "experiencing changes" in upcoming months.
UPDATE: A Vogue spokesman notes of the change: "There’s no more to the story than a title change," adding, "That’s just because he wanted to do more freelance projects . . . He’ll be just as big a presence at Vogue." Talley's column and blog are expected to remain intact. [The Cut]
>> Peter Lindbergh, who moved from working with Vogue to Harper's Bazaar in 1992 when Liz Tilberis lured him away — “I switched to Bazaar and stayed away for all these years" — is ending his 18 year hiatus from Vogue. Part of the reason he left originally, he said, was because Alexander Lieberman and Grace Mirabella weren't fans of his images of supermodels splayed on the beach: “They told me we can’t handle the women you’re photographing."
He plans to begin work again with Vogue, as well as other Conde Nast publications in the US, after a recent tete-a-tete with Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington. “They asked,” he told WWD. “It was like you are the black sheep in the family, and your older brother asks you to come home.”
The September Issue DVD will be coming to a store near you on Feb. 23, and is filled with juicy never-before-seen footage — two extra discs, to be exact. Like what, you might ask? How about 90 minutes of deleted scenes, commentary from director R.J. Cutler, and photo galleries? And, if you buy it at Barnes & Noble, you'll receive an exclusive mini-documentary about the illustrious Met Gala. Amazing. While we eagerly await Tuesday, feast your fashion eyes on our exclusive clip!
For all you NYC gals, check out a special discussion about The September Issue led by André Leon Talley, Grace Coddington — love her — and director R.J. Cutler, along with other Vogue editors featured in the film. Go to the Union Square Barnes & Noble in Manhattan on Thursday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. Admission is free; believe me, you don't want to miss this.
The September Issue with Anna Wintour is coming out on DVD filled with never-before-seen footage of the inner workings of Vogue magazine. FabTV has an exclusive clip of André Leon Talley, editor-in-chief, going crazy over a huge surprise.
Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington sat front row at Ralph Lauren and witnessed the Fall throwback to the '90s: long, floral print dresses, romantic peasant sleeves, and a return to classic menswear. The runway featured layers of blazers and waistcoats over a variety of heavy fabrics and Fall's must-have accessory: lace fingerless gloves.
>> After the New York Times article two weeks ago extensively covering Zac Posen's recent financial struggles, needless to say, eyes were peeled this morning bright and early at the Altman building for Posen's Fall 2010 plan of attack. Glenda Bailey, which the aforementioned article noted was not in attendance at Posen's show last season after they had a confrontation last April, was front row this time around, as were Posen's advertising photog Ellen von Unwerth, Patricia Field, Anna Wintour, Grace Coddington, Joe Zee, and Robbie Myers.
As the lights dimmed and runway photographers scrambled for their places, Israeli "hip-hop violinist" Miri Ben-Ari stepped from backstage to the left side of the runway, where she played her electric violin throughout the show, backed by a thumping bass. Despite the fact that Posen is still going with a pared-down runway in general, the performance added the energy of his elaborate productions of yore. The models, too — including Alek Wek, Hana Soukupova, Anne Vyalitsyna, Posen's muse Anna Cleveland, and Coco Rocha, who closed — were clearly told to smile and work the runway; Sessilee Lopez, hands on her waist, swung her hips with satisfaction. Posen's boyfriend, Christopher Niquet, styled the show.
The clothes, however, were telltale that Posen is making an effort to resituate himself: there were none of his signature gowns whatsoever. In their place, short skirts with flounce, '40-style trousers, and plenty of fur. "I'm playing with clean fabrications and upping the luxury level," he said backstage after taking his bow with Rocha and Kinee Diouf.
>> It wouldn't be Fashion Week if everyone wasn't flying by the seat of their pants. Imogen Morris-Clarke, who walked Thakoon yesterday, Tweeted post-show: "Hanne [Gaby Odiele] was in [her] own clothes as the show began!!! manic."
The pre-show panic wasn't felt in the show's audience, however, where Andre Leon Talley was wearing a sweater with big fuzzy dollar sign on the back paired with a furry scarf and Grace Coddington took her time chatting with fellow front rowers before taking her seat. As the lights went down, the music took on the pervasive pounding of a heartbeat, and the models emerged from a cavernous opening, framed by two oversized shapes which curled over their heads and softly glowed. They stopped in their tracks to pose in front of the photographers before carrying on down the runway.
Panichgul says the collection, with its fur-lined hoods, handkerchief hems, shearling boots, and pom pom fringe, was inspired by the image of a half-shaven sheep. "It captured everything that I wanted in my collection,” he explained. “It was raw, primitive and soft all at once.” The perfect embodiment of the inspiration: a tiger-print dress, the bottom half all tiger-striped fur.