In the 31st-floor offices of SWW Creative, the walls are beige, the carpet is gray and the cabinets are standard-issue wood-grain. There’s no Eames armchair, no runway stills splashed across the walls, not even a lucite coffee table with a copy of Grace Coddington’s memoir. There’s not a flower in sight.
While fashion professionals are known to obsess over the color of their pens, SWW Creative’s offices are about as splashy as an insurance agency’s. Stephanie Winston Wolkoff is not concerned.
Although long familiar and widely revered in fashion-industry circles, Grace Coddington, the creative director of Vogue, burst into the wider public consciousness as the cussing, henna-haired breakout star of The September Issue, the 2009 R.J. Cutler documentary about the production of the Sept. 2007 issue of American Vogue. An 840-page monument to pre-recessionary tastes that included a Roman travel diary in which Sienna Miller wore a lot of feathers and a Dolce & Gabbana dress that cost $61,000, it was at the time the largest monthly issue of any American magazine ever published. (The Sept. 2012 Vogue finally eclipsed it in overall page count—but in its number of advertising pages, it has never been surpassed.) The movie made much of the relationship between Ms. Coddington and Vogue editor Anna Wintour. Ms. Wintour is chilly and superior—one of the documentary’s most entertaining moments comes when a startled assistant jumps out of her way like a vole before an owl—while Ms. Coddington is warm and generous to peers and underlings alike. Colleagues shrink and wither under Ms. Wintour’s judgments, but Ms. Coddington challenges the boss like an equal.
After the film came out, Ms. Coddington writes in her new memoir, Grace (Random House, 416 pp., $35), she started getting recognized on the street. Her newfound popular appeal was judged to be such that Random House paid a reported $1.2 million to acquire the memoir. But was this acclaim earned? It is no great task to seem warm-hearted next to Anna Wintour, and the creative director is hardly bold. In one sequence in the film that is, in retrospect, a bit of a reach, the camera lingers as Ms. Coddington surveys the palace of Versailles while sharing insights like, “It’s sort of strange to think how old it is.” Let that $1.2 million sink in.
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Fashion Week 2011
Grace Coddington, the creative director of Vogue who won hearts in the documentary The September Issue and stole the limelight from Anna Wintour, has sold her memoir to Susan Kamil at Random House for a rumored $1.2 million. The book will reportedly be co-written with Michael Roberts, a Vogue writer. Ms. Coddington was represented by Read More
The Momofuku Milk Bar Lemon Tree Hugger cookie was one shade blonder than Anna Wintour’s convex bob. A gradient difference that was exaggerated when Ms. Wintour lifted a torn off edge of the cookie to her bob-parallel lips. The individually wrapped cookies delineated each assigned seat at the Band of Outsiders runway show on Saturday Read More
Once his stint taking over for Larry King starts Jan. 17, Piers Morgan should be as instantly recognizable as any TV personality. But for now, the British host may still need to work on his visibility on this side of the pond.
It was your average celebrity-packed night at the Waverly Inn, and inside Graydon Read More
There was a steady drizzle falling by the time yesterday’s Thakoon show began at Pace Gallery on 25th Street, a midway point between Milk Studios and Lincoln Center. And while the indoor Chelsea space kept the show from being hampered by the weather, such was not the case for the final match in Flushing Meadows Read More
Yesterday’s Alexander Wang show took place at the massive hanger that is Pier 94, and after the requisite delay the looks began to emerge from beneath the extraterrestrial Jason Hackenwerth balloon sculpture. André Leon Talley and Grace Coddington sat without companion Anna Wintour, perhaps because there was a certain tennis match of a certain friend Read More
W is getting a movie. The Cut reports that filming is underway for documentary about the magazine’s–wait for it–September issue. You might remember about that other Condé Nast magazine already has a documentary about its September issue.
So, if Stefano is the new Anna, who will be the Grace Coddington Read More
Vogue creative director Grace Coddington may be collaborating again with The September Issue‘s director, R.J. Cutler; he’s at work on a movie based on her illustrated book Catwalk Cats.
New York spoke to Cutler about the project:
“We think it’s going to be a big animated feature film about Grace Coddington’s feline Read More