I have no idea where I found this picture, but I saved it in my ‘Junk‘ files a couple of weeks ago because, well, it’s worth sharing. Almost nine years ago, in my first hints of teendom, I was obsessing over this magazine cover. Hang-on-your-wall obsessing. These were my (terribly Photoshopped) idols.
From left to right, you are seeing Amanda Bynes, Ashley Olsen, Mary-Kate Olsen, Mandy Moore, Hilary Duff, Alexis Bledel, Evan Rachel Wood, Raven Symone (formerly known as Raven), and Lindsay Lohan. (DO WERK, MKO and ERW – fashion goddesses through and through).
Does this not feel like a million years ago to anyone else? An era before TMZ, before Facebook fuhcrissakes, before “The Amanda Show” faded into oblivion, before The Row or Elizabeth & James, before anyone could co-star with John Krasinski and evoke mass female jealously, before anyone could co-star with Chad Michael Murray and evoke mass female jealously, before The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, before a second sexyfierceboomshakalaka female fell victim to Marilyn Manson’s charms (?!), before Mean Girls, and – yes – before the Kardashians.
Memory lane, over and out.
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.)
“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.
For Vanity Fair‘s annual Hollywood issue, the magazine stepped it up a notch for it’s Norman Jean Roy-shot tri-fold cover which over the course of two days in Los Angeles and New York.
Who is featured? Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal, Oscar host Anne Hathaway, Oscar host James Franco, Jennifer Lawrence, Anthony Mackie, a nearly-naked Olivia Wilde, Jesse Eisenberg, Mila Kunis, Robert Duvall, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Andrew Garfield, Rashida Jones (who is feeding a baby tiger in Tom Ford women’s collection), Garrett Hedlund and Noomi Rapace. Whew.
With Jamie Lim
Last Thursday evening, I stilettoed my way to Marlborough House for The Earth Awards. For those who are in the grey, The Earth Awards is an ‘aspirational platform for consumer-driven ideas that challenge designers and innovators to build a new economy’. It is the only truly global awards dedicated to identifying viable designs which have the potential to improve our quality of life and build a new economy.
Designer Lisa King, Presenter Jayson Mansaray and PR Queen Charli Beale
The selection committee in itself is made up of world-leading entrepreneurs, designers and thinkers, including Paola Antonelli (MoMA), Sir Richard Branson, Graydon Carter (Vanity Fair), Tony Chambers (Wallpaper*), Julie Gilhart (Barneys), Diane von Furstenberg and Dilys Williams (Center for Sustainable Fashion).
With Marie Guerlain
David de Rothschild hosted the gorgeous affair after very recently returning from his epic trip on the Plastiki (Google it). My chilly London fingers were crossed for Texan-born Jamie Lim to receive the overall award as her bamboo “Kayu” eyewear had been selected from over 500 entries to be shortlisted as one of six finalists, obviously in the Fashion category. Kayu was designed as an ethical fashion statement. In addition, proceeds from her line of bamboo sunglasses fund sight-restoring surgeries in India on a one-for-one basis. The beautiful and gracious Lim founded Kayu in 2007 with a vision of moving fashion beyond aesthetics. This year she premiered handbags (seen below) that will follow in her eyeglasses footsteps, as sales are being used to purchase school supplies for Cambodian children.
Kayu handbag worn by Jamie Lim
“The key is that each bag funds one backpack, each sunglass funds one eye surgery. The concept of one-for-one appeals to consumers more than, say, 20% of profits being earmarked for charity projects”, said Lim. While Jamie didn’t win overall, all six of the recipients would have deserved it so I wish a huge congratulations to them all. It was an incredible evening and it is beyond exciting that the idea of ‘sustainable fashion‘ is gaining currency; hooray!