Grace Coddington has released her second book – GRACE: THE AMERICAN VOGUE YEARS – and she went to HARRODS for her first London appearance where she greeted fans and signed copies in the midst of London Fashion Week.
I’ve been a Stylist and Fashion Editor for many years, but before it all I was simply a fashion fan – engrossed with all things Vogue, Anna Wintour and of course, Grace Coddington.
When I was 14, I remember jumping in to my best friend’s Mum’s car on the way to school and she spotted a faux fur leopard print cuff I was wearing. It was from Topshop – when Topshop wasn’t cool for 14 years olds – and she said – “You’re going to be a Fashion Editor one day. Everything you wear I see in my Mum’s magazines.” If I’m being completely honest, I had no idea what a Fashion Editor or a Stylist was. I smiled at her and we headed to school. I’d love to cross paths with her one day and just say – wow – you were right. Who knew? (Well, she did).
I grew up loving Vogue. It was the one magazine I bought every month even though I didn’t quite understand it all – the articles on collagen or the £9,000 jackets, but it was always the aspiration. The Fashion Bible. The first time I had my styling work featured in Vogue (albeit Vogue Nippon) I think I shed a tear. When I worked at Conde Nast, Vogue House, it was a dream come true. Walking in to ‘Vogue’ House was like walking on clouds, and I’d often linger outside of the Vogue office during my lunch breaks – just because…
I was a fan of Grace Coddington long before The September Issue. Her work has and will always be the pinnacle of fashion; mesmerising, beautiful and totally out of this world. I found the Vogue documentary that showcased the relationship between Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington to be wildly fascinating. As a budding young fashion stylist I knew all too well the feeling of not having ‘total’ control, or the final say in your shoots. Loving an image so much and then opening the print issue to see it didn’t make the cut. Beyond her immeasurable talent and creativity, she had an ability to transport readers in to a world so surreal and wonderful that you wished it was real life. And it was the pain of seeing her hard work ‘cut’ that made Grace Coddington so loveable, and an instant icon to those who weren’t already fangirls (and guys).
So, you can imagine my delight (which was perhaps followed by a squeal) when my favourite department store in the world – HARRODS – invited me to come down and meet Grace for the launch of her new coffee table book – GRACE: THE AMERICAN VOGUE YEARS. It was the perfect escape from the chaos of Fashion Week.
The book – is a beast. I could barely lift it. And it is filled with some of her favourite editorials shot by the likes of Steven Meisel, Annie Leibovitz, Craig McDean, David Sims, Mario Testino, Marcus Piggot and Mert Alas with models inclduing Kate Moss, Natalia Vodianova and actors Ewan McGregor, Morgan Freeman, Eddie Redmayne, Kiera Knightley and design talent such as John Galliano. It’s a visual feast for anyone who has an interest in fashion, fashion styling, fashion photography, art – or just strikingly beautiful images. Grace Coddington has had an incredible career during her time at American Vogue, and if her move to the freelance world means more insights and throwbacks like this – we’re all for it.
Meeting Grace Coddington
Giggles with Grace
Thank you Harrods… It was an absolute blast to meet one of my fashion idols – Grace.
“Little girls with big dreams become big girls with even bigger dreams!”
With many thanks to HARRODS.