I am ashamed to admit that I have just completed reading a book for the first time in about
seven four years. The truth is, I’m not a big reader and I’m rather embarrassed by that. I used to burn through books like a demon as a child, but as an adult, I never make the time for it. At the end of the day, I usually wind down by skimming through Pintrest or catching up on Bravo. This is one of my many un-chic characteristics, but at least I admit it.
I have been lucky enough to take a last minuet trip to Hawaii (more on that later). To occupy my time on the long, internet-free flight I brought a book that I’ve been wanting to read since I bought it over a year ago to kill time on the set of filming HGTV Star.
This story is told through Grace’s point of view, and although she was very outspoken in the documentary The September Issue, I found her stories to be a little too polite. She seemed to be holding her tongue many times, but I still felt engrossed by her storytelling.
Although she was never able to have children, Grace has had many love affairs. Her first marriage was to reasuranture Michael Chow, of Mr. Chow fame.
Famous photographer,Willie Christie, was her second husband.
Her current, and longest relationship, has been with celebrity hairstylist Didier Malige. They have now been companions for well over 30 years.In the memoir she shares many fascinating stories of her famous photo shoots with legendary photographers and models in glamorous locations. The above picture shows Grace on location in the South of France sitting on Helmut Newton‘s lap who is seated next to Manolo Blahnik. Angelica Houston is posing next to Bruce Webber. This photo was taken after Newton (probably my all time favorite photographer) decided that Grace should appear in the scheduled shoot.
Newton was shooting the models poolside in evening apparel and felt the shots were rather boring. Grace was behind the scenes styling wearing a purple bikini with pink high heeled sandals, and Newton insisted that she pop into the shots. I think they are fabulous and fantasy-like.
Her current apartment in NYC hosts many cat inspired treasures from needlepoint pillows to porcelain figurines.I recommend this book to anyone interested in fashion or photography. It’s an easy read with fascinating information, inspiring images, and a collection of Grace’s personal sketches. Grace Coddington is a living legend – the definition of a tastemaker.
I will wrap up by pointing out an obvious, and wonderful, tidbit.Yes, I do believe that the appearance of character Myrtle Snow from American Horror Story: Coven was based on Grace Coddington. The character’s personality and mannerisms were mimicking that of Diana Vreeland, another one of my girl crushes. But the look, definitely Grace’s.