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Strangely, it seems to have been quite some time since last sharing a fashion spread with you lovely blog readers. In all likeliness, I have simply been uninspired by all that the glossies have had to offer over the past few months. Until, of course, Grace Coddington wove her magic wand over this shoot for Vogue US‘ April 2013 issue. In ‘Window Dressing’, the legendary Peter Lindbergh snaps supermodel Carolyn Murphy and Tobey Maguire in a dramatic Alfred Hitchcock-inspired set which pays homage to his iconic film, Rear Window. The narrative and styling are simply impeccable.

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OOF. I try not to harp on about it, but when it comes to fashion styling, I believe no-one beats Grace Coddington. Case in point number 736352829? “Eternal Optimist” from Vogue US’ March 2012 issue. The casting choice alone was phenomenal: we have Caroline Trentini, Karlie Kloss, Jourdan Dunn, Frida Gustavsson, and Aymeline Valade – all heavy hitters with a true transformational presence.

With Craig McDean on lens, Grace has pulled together a Fifties-inspired masterpiece without being contrived. Just look at that set design. Bow down. View Post

Spellbound Vogue US July 2011
Everything is so on point for US Vogue‘s “Spellbound” photo spread in their July 2011 issue. Photographed by Peter Lindbergh, we get a deliciously obscene amount of chemistry displayed from Lara Stone and Alexander Skarsgård (Eric Northman seems to be giving me the eyes). Grace Coddington‘s styling – once again – is compositionally perfect. This spread is phenomenal. Even Frida Gustavsson is thrown in for good model measure. View Post

La Isla Bonita Vogue
Goodness gracious, Edward Enninful. You and Grace Coddington hold the stylist power of Vogue in your pricey pockets. Anyone else would have stacked the vertically challenged Bruno Mars on anything they could find to ‘look manly’ next to Amazon-heighted beauty Joan Smalls. For “La Isla Bonita” in Vogue US’ June issue, Enninful and photographer Peter Lindbergh have created a natural and realistic romance on gloss. It’s a fashionable depiction of talent, beauty, and reliance. Just gorgeous. View Post

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.