Grace Coddington Sounds Off on Alexander Wang at Balenciaga, Body Image Issues in the Industry

To promote the recent release of Grace: A Memoir, Grace Coddington sat down with The Huffington Post for a chat--and, never one to bite her tongue--sounded off on everything from Alexander Wang's appointment to Balenciaga to Nicolas Ghesquière's next move to body image. The highlights:
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To promote the recent release of Grace: A Memoir, Grace Coddington sat down with The Huffington Post for a chat--and, never one to bite her tongue--sounded off on everything from Alexander Wang's appointment to Balenciaga to Nicolas Ghesquière's next move to body image. The highlights:
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To promote the recent release of Grace: A Memoir, Grace Coddington sat down with The Huffington Post for a chat--and, never one to bite her tongue--sounded off on everything from Alexander Wang's appointment to Balenciaga to Nicolas Ghesquière's next move to body image.

On the "circus" that is now fashion week:

I used to find attending the shows so invigorating and exciting, but [now] you have to be there with blinders on. To cut out all the rubbish that's going on around, where the focus seems to be more on the audience than on the clothes that go down the runway. Any old shit can go down the runway and they all sit there and clap.

On how she feels about Alexander Wang taking over for her good friend Nicolas Ghesquière at Balenciaga:

I'm sure Alexander Wang will do really well. He's very well-liked. It's an incredibly difficult thing to take over for Nicolas because there are all the old fuddy-duddy people like me digging their heels in. But you've got to embrace it -- it's happened.

And why he could never replace Ghesquière:

[Commercial success] is what [PPR and Balenciaga] want. Don't think of it as the same house as it was when Nicolas was the creative director; that's everybody's mistake. Don't think of it as a replacement for Nicolas, because it isn't. Alexander has a whole different agenda...I haven't spoken to him, but he can only do what he can do. He can't be somebody else, and he certainly can't be Nicolas.

On Ghesquière's next move:

He will bide his time and come back. He's too brilliant to just disappear.

On John Galliano making a comeback:

I hope he will return, but I don't know...I love John, I think he's brilliant. He certainly intends to come back -- when he's ready.

On how Vogue deals with body image issues, taking into account the obesity epidemic:

[Those] questions are very taboo, you know that, right? We avoid talking about the fat/thin thing because it's a complicated issue.