Grace Coddington
After the success of The September Issue, Grace Coddington became one of the industry’s most beloved. A new profile in The Economist’s supplement, Intelligent Life, details a lot of the reasons we love her so (work ethic, strive, mindful influence in a sometimes soulless industry, etc). The article was penned by Grace’s former assistant Julie Kavanagh, who is now the London editor of Vanity Fair, and is worth a few minutes of your Thursday evening.

On playing on the beach with Manolo Blahnik.
For a cover, she got David Bailey to shoot the actress Anjelica Huston enfolded in the arms of the shoe designer Manolo Blahnik, in a kitschy pose against a Corsican coastal sunset. Grace bursts out laughing when I remind her. “It was pretty ridiculous—there’s no one more camp than Manolo. He brought his own clothes and took far more of my time discussing what he was going to wear than Anjelica did. To shut him up we buried him in the sand, with only his head and spotted handkerchief showing.”

That time she quit working for Anna Wintour.
At British Vogue, Grace creates a startling series of “sprawling, National Geographic-style photo essays—more than 20 pages long—in which the clothes were so smoothly integrated they barely registered as fashion photographs at all”, as the fashion writer Michael Roberts put it. In March 1986, Anna Wintour becomes editor-in-chief. Grace resigns in December: “Anna was much more into ‘sexy’ than I was.” (Coddington rejoined Wintour at American Vogue in 1988.)

On ageing.
“I got really sick last time in Paris, and I was on antibiotics for two months. I push my body too hard, and do have to stop myself now from jumping on a plane. It used to be me who got sent to Russia and China while the older editors like Sheila Whetton stayed behind: but I’m one of those older ones now.”

Two for you, Grace Codd Codd. You go, Grace Codd Codd.

Vogue September Issue 2007 Steven Meisel
One of our most beloved models, Coco Rocha, just offered up an internet treat. Yesterday, the infamous image that Grace Coddington loved but Anna Wintour refused (in The September Issue) was posted to her blog. Steven Meisel helped the Vogue team create a stunning shot, and many people are now questioning why it got the axe. In fact, the spread in Vogue’s 2007 September Issue was much tighter and rheumatically composed than this shot. While the e-fashion world is scratching their heads, I believe that Anna made a great editorial choice here.

Anna Wintour Grace Coddington Candy Magazine
After the success of “The Devil Wears Prada” and “The September Issue“, Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington became targets of many spoofs and critics. The fashion industry is a behemoth playground of replication and criticism, which is why I was quite surprised to fall in love with Brett Lloyd‘s inspired-drag photography of the Vogue Ladies in Charge. What is the cause? Candy magazine: the outrageous publication that showcased a well-breasted James Franco plastered in makeup, and ‘Lady Gaga‘ using a male toilet cubicle. The shots, styling and Drag Queens are flawless; even the male version of the internet’s most controversial child fashion blogger, Tavi Gevinson. View Post

For The Love of Fashion RJ Cutler Rag and Bone
No, I’m not talking about Love Magazine (for once). RJ Cutler is carving out a niche for himself as a fashion-industry documentarian. As the man behind infamous “The September Issue” he brought the inner workings of Vogue to the fashion masses and made a star out of Grace Coddington. His new project, “For the Love of Fashion“, is a look at label Rag & Bone as they prep for their Fashion Week show. Trailer to follow:

Untitled from ragbone on Vimeo.

Eva as Eva Herzigova by Rankin Vanity Fair
It’s been a while, Rankin! Eva Herzigova recently shot “Eva as Eva” for Vanity Fair España’s September Issue. The flawless styling is thanks to Jennifer Bauser. View Post