Perhaps this year’s most highly-anticipated autobiography (at least if you’re us) is Grace Coddington‘s Grace: A Memoir. And not just because of the promised cat chapter–swear–but because the Vogue creative director has lived a rich, interesting life and has become one of the world’s most influential figures in fashion and we all want to know more.
Until we can pry our advance copy out of Leah’s hands (lucky lady!), we’ll settle for poring over the press surrounding the book, for which Grace says she was “media trained”–but still manages to let out some good stuff.
She spoke to the New York Times and the Telegraph about the book, her cats, Anna Wintour, her legion of adoring fans post- The September Issue, her friend Nicolas Ghesquiere, who should play her in a movie and why young designers need to have “a few things going wrong in their life.” Read on to obsess over her with us:
She doesn’t mind being recognized, or being a Halloween costume:
I live in Chelsea and all the gay boys love me. They all dress up as me at Hallowe’en, me and Anna.
On giving Wintour a copy of her memoir:
Oh my God, I was nervous, of course I was. Because she and I are very entwined – and I was nervous that I had said too much about her, from her point of view. But I was also nervous that she would think it wasn’t well written or not well laid out. But she wrote me a really long letter saying she loved it and that was a big relief. She trusts me. I don’t have anything horrible to say about her anyway, and I know everyone out there is probably hoping I get really nasty about her. A) I wouldn’t, and B) I don’t have anything bad to say. She’s my boss and you have to respect that she makes the magazine what it is, and we all contribute. Ultimately it’s her show.
She took her cat, Pumpkin to a cat psychic so that she could comfortably endure the rides out to the Hamptons.
She was invited to stay at The Carlyle during Sandy by her friend Nicolas Ghesquiere, but couldn’t leave her cats alone (and isn’t that rich):
“There was a whole scene there: every fashion person, every wannabe. I could name a few names,” Ms. Coddington said, though (applying a little media training, perhaps) she refrained. She never would have left the cats by themselves overnight, she added with horror. “I just sat with him, and had a bath in his room, and lunch there, and next thing I know I read in The Post that I’m moving into the Carlyle. Well, guess what? I’m not that rich.”
She makes Star Trek references in conversation:
“If you could just beam me up, Scotty — that probably doesn’t mean anything to you,” she said, arching an eyebrow at Ms. Greenspan, and continued: “Beam me up to Devon or Cornwall in England, I think it would be wonderful, but I’d have to live in a village. I couldn’t live in the middle of a field or something.”
Anna Wintour is always getting crushes on male celebrities:
“She gets these occasional crushes — Ben [Stiller], Puff Daddy, Roger Federer,”
She hopes Nicolas Ghesquiere will continue designing (Even she doesn’t know??):
Hopefully Nicolas won’t just give up and walk away. He’s too good, too strong, too brilliant, too passionate.
On who would play her in a movie (we totally agree–someone make this happen):
Karen Elson is what everyone says, and Julianne Moore when I’m older — in my dreams!
She thinks young designers need to have “a few things going wrong in their life.”
“I think they need time, and I think too many of the young designers really think that they can step right out of school and be a best seller, and that’s a mistake,” Ms. Coddington said. “I mean, you know, Nicolas took forever to get where he was. Marc got fired 10 times before he made it.”
Anyway, it wouldn’t hurt young designers, or anyone for that matter, to have “a few things going wrong in their life,” she said. “I mean, I hate to say it, but it teaches you a hell of a lot, you know.”