The flawless “Let’s Dance” fashion story by Patrick Demarchelier has made it into this month’s Vogue India. The shoot – featuring girlcrush Arizona Muse – was previously published in the June edition of British Vogue. The high fashion pieces from the likes of Dior, Alexis Mabille Couture, Atelier Versace, Chanel, Giorgio Armani Prive, Valentino Haute Couture and Gaultier Couture come from the styling genius of Lucinda Chambers, with Val Garland on make-up and Sam McKnight on hair. The versatility here has a license to kill. View Post
The effervescent Freja Beha Erichsen shines on the cover of British Vogue‘s September 2011 issue, marking her third cover for Vogue’s posher partner. The aqua-hued dress and star-spangled accessories are both from Dolce & Gabbana‘s Fall/Winter 2011 collection, and the cover was shot by Mario Testino.
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.
Corinne Day, the British fashion photographer who is largely credited with launching Kate Moss’ career, is rumored to have died. Day has been battling a brain tumor since late last year. Vogue UK reported in February that treatment for it was unsuccessful, and that the Victoria and Albert Museum was planning a retrospective of her work.
Day, who taught herself photography, is best known for her impact on the fashion industry in the early 1990s. She photographed Kate Moss’ first cover of British Vogue, and her image are considerably more documentary, biographical and ‘grunge’.
Until recently, Day had been an active photographer. Her work appeared in Italian, Japanese and British Vogue and has been exhibited at the Tate Modern, the Saatchi Gallery and the Whitney Museum.
Grace Coddington, creative director of Vogue, is working on a memoir. Coddington and former Men’s Vogue editor in chief Jay Fielden have been confirmed as the pair to write the autobiography by Coddington herself. “We’re just starting, and I think it’s going to be a really fun project…I’m hoping it’s going to be very rich in fashion history. It’s more than just about me.”
The book will cover Coddington’s early life in Wales (woohoo – Welsh women!), her modeling days in Sixties London, the car accident that changed her career path and her ascendancy through fashion’s ranks as a stylist and editor at British Vogue and, later, its American counterpart. View Post