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Grace Coddington, creative director of American Vogue, is featured in an episode of the mini video series “Elettra’s Goodness,” hosted by Elettra Wiedemann, a model with a love of good food (and with a pop-up restaurant already under her belt).

In “Elettra’s Goodness,” Wiedemann visits stars—others include Blake Lively and Seth Meyers—in their home kitchens to share conversation and a meal.

Coddington shares her recipes for her favorite steak and Potatoes Dauphinois with Wiedemann and viewers, and the two cook together as Wiedemann peppers Coddington with questions about her experience as a model, and laughingly accuses her of being messy in the kitchen (a remark to which Coddington smiled, neither confirming nor denying its truth).

While making the Potatoes Dauphinois, a rich gratin dish that Coddington suggests “any Vogue person shouldn’t be making because it’s incredibly bad for you,” she expresses how much she likes to cook with someone.

While the potatoes are in the oven, the two prepare the steak, which Coddington favors for its simplicity. “I like a grilled steak,” she says.


Grace Coddington Told Us How She Gets Inspired at Last Night's Launch of Vogue: The Editor's Eye

You would think that a room full of some of fashion&aposs most influential and bold visionaries would be acutely intimidating, but last night&aposs gathering hosted by Barneys to Launch Vogue: The Editor&aposs Eye was surprisingly relaxed. Top Vogue editors reminisced and chatted playfully as they not only signed copies of the book for industry guests but traded copies with each other (just picture Hamish asking Grace for an autograph and visa versa--priceless!). I myself left the event with signatures from Hamish Bowles, Grace Coddington, Phyllis Posnick, Tonne Goodman and a very flamboyant Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele. Talk about a collector&aposs item.

The book takes a look at the pivotal role that fashion editors like Polly Mellen, Babs Simpson, and Grace Coddington have had in Vogue&aposs 120 year history. It&aposs full of iconic photographs by Irving Penn, Annie Leibovitz and Richard Avedon and plenty of memorable muses like Marilyn Monroe and Verushka.

Model and Vogue regular Caroline Trentini was there to support the editors, who she says have become more like friends over the years. "They [the editors] aren&apost just great professionals, but great people too," said Trentini. "I know a lot about them now. Sometimes I meet their families. I know Tonne’s daughter Evie very well. She always says we look like sisters." Trentini added that some of her fondest fashion memories have been on set with photographer Irving Penn. (Guess she really does love jumping).


Grace Coddington Looks Back at Her Vogue Years in a New Book

For the first time in perhaps decades, Grace Coddington isn’t part of the grind of New York Fashion Week. Since stepping down in January from her full-time role as the creative director of Vogue, Ms. Coddington now follows her own calendar.

“I pick and choose” which shows to attend, she said, standing in the Calvin Klein store on Madison Avenue on Monday evening.

She wasn’t there for a fashion presentation but rather her own book party, to celebrate the publication of “Grace: The American Vogue Years” (Phaidon). The 400-page doorstopper contains nearly 300 images and collects her work in the magazine from 2002 until present (Phaidon also reprinted an earlier book that surveyed her entire career until 2002, “Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue”).

Ms. Coddington said the book wasn’t a collection of fashion spreads but “a life,” adding that selecting the images was “almost like looking through your family pictures because, in a way, this is my family.”

While doing the edits, she said, forgotten moments and conversations came back to her. She cited a spread photographed by Peter Lindbergh that featured the model Natalia Vodianova and the actor Ewan McGregor as an unhappy couple. In the fictional story, Ms. Vodianova dumps him for “some poor little male model,” Ms. Coddington said, something she found implausible.

“I said: ‘Peter, are you crazy? Dump Ewan McGregor?’ But whatever, it’s fashion.”

Some things Ms. Coddington hasn’t left behind are models, actors and photographers, who were well represented at the party, including Natalie Westling (like Ms. Coddington, a redhead), Stella Greenspan and Constance Jablonski Alan Cumming (in a beret, no less) and her frequent collaborator, Patrick Demarchelier.

When Ms. Coddington’s boss, Anna Wintour, appeared briefly to express congratulations, the room lit up with flashing cameras. In the book, Ms. Coddington is very deferential to the photographers she worked with, citing them as the starting point for everything. Ms. Wintour pointed out, “They’re very deferential to her.”

She added: “To me, Grace is the director. She’s directing them. Her picture-taking is so romantic, but often humorous and sweet. She works unlike anybody else.”

Asked who made her dress, Ms. Wintour laughed and said: “I can’t remember. I just wore orange for Grace.”

The two women still work together Ms. Coddington is now creative director at large at Vogue, doing four shoots a year. In the meantime, she’s pursuing projects like her own perfume and the books, modeling and enjoying life at a slower pace.

“I feel more sort of grown up, in a way,” she said. “I can dictate my life a little bit more, and if I want to take a month off, I can.”

But, she added with a laugh, knowing keenly how fashion moves on to the next: “I’m scared to. People will forget about me.”


Icons before Instagram: Grace Coddington, and 7 of her most seminal works for Vogue

In her 2012 memoir Grace, legendary stylist Grace Coddington ponders the rise, fall and rebirth of her journey in fashion. As the chapters unfold, we follow her through the idyllic childhood spent in her family-owned hotel in North Wales, her escape from the island through a short-lived modelling career, and then her mega stardom as American Vogue’s fashion creative director.

Coddington made herself a significant household name when she appeared as the self-effacing and creatively romantic counterpart to Anna Wintour in R.J. Cutler’s fly-on-the-wall documentary of the inner workings of the fashion bible, titled The September Issue. In it, the former Vogue creative director (now creative-director-at-large) loathes the camera, openly cusses, and constantly dresses in her signature all-black basics. No one was immune to her charms, which seemed antithetical to that of a fashion figure.

Having styled Vogue’s fashion spreads for more than three decades, Coddington’s ethereal, rich and detail-oriented aesthetic has largely shaped fashion into what it is today. Cutler, who trawled the halls of Vogue’s office for a year to film the documentary, said, “Every billboard, fashion magazine spread, every advertisement we see today has been influenced by Grace Coddington.”

Famed for creating memorable shoots with narrative arcs and characters of intrigue, Coddington lists the likes of fashion industry behemoths Tim Walker to Annie Leibovitz as her long-time collaborators. In the wake of her 77th birthday on 20 April, we look back at seven of Grace Coddington’s most groundbreaking works with said photographers, as seen on the pages of Vogue.


Watch Grace Coddington Teach Elettra Wiedemann How To Cook Steak And Potatoes

Super stylist (and former supermodel) Grace Coddington is one of the fashion world’s most beloved characters, and ever since her coup d’film performance in 2009’s Vogue documentary “The September Issue,” she’s captivated the rest of the world, too. Now she’s the latest star to appear on “Elettra’s Goodness,” model Elettra Wiedemann’s online cooking show.

Grace takes Elettera and her viewers inside her New York apartment—which, of course, is chock full of cat figurines—to show her how to prepare the classic British dish, Grace’s “favorite to make for a dinner party,” steak and potatoes Dauphinois. It sounds much fancier than it is: it’s basically a slab of meat wrapped in fat, served with a side of potatoes au gratin.

“ This dish is probably something that any Vogue person shouldn’t be making,” Grace says with her trademark half-smile. “Because it’s incredibly bad for you. This is not moderation.”

Plus, she sweetly re-asserts that Vogue is where she wants to be: “I love my job, I love what I do,” she says. “Of course I love what I do, otherwise I wouldn’t still be there bugging Anna.”

Oh, Grace. Watch the charming clip above, and enjoy Grace’s cat Bart’s guest starring role!


Grace Coddington Scales Back 'Vogue' Role

After almost 28 years at Vogue, the magazine&aposs legendary Creative Director and Chief Stylist Grace Coddington is stepping down from her title to take on outside projects, including commercial work. A representative for Vogue confirmed she will assume the role of creative director at large. A source noted that Coddington will continue to style at least four editorials per year, keep an office at the magazine&aposs headquarters, attend shows and remain on the masthead. 

According to Business of Fashion, Coddington is already planning to develop a fragrance with਌omme des Garçons. "But it will be nice to collaborate, and nice to go out [and] give talks to people," she told the publication in an interview. "It&aposs just another approach. I&aposm certainly not going into retirement. I don&apost want to sit around."਌oddington also said Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour is supportive of the change. 

Since Coddington, now 74, broke out from behind the editorial scenes in the 2009 documentary, "The September Issue," she has become a more public face of Vogue: she published a memoir entitled "Grace" in 2012 which will become a movie, rereleased the 2002 retrospective coffee-table book "Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue" last year and plans to publish a follow-up tome in 2016. Coddington is also beloved by fans for her love of cats and quirky yet delicate cartoons — which she published in the 2006 book "Catwalk Cats" and which got her temporarily kicked off Instagram when she joined for the first time in 2014. 

But according to Business of Fashion, Coddington is looking forward to a range of projects beyond styling and publishing. "I didn&apost want to be pigeonholed into just styling a shoot I wanted to do something beyond," she said. Coddington will be represented in her new endeavors by the Great Bowery agency. 


Watch Jimmy Fallon Fawn Over Grace Coddington

Jimmy Fallon is definitely the coolest and fashioniest late night talk show host out there (with Conan coming in at a close second). Anna Wintour, Marc Jacobs, Adriana Lima, and Tavi Gevinson have appeared on his show he&aposs appeared in Vogue he has on cool, fashiony musicians like Solange and Sky Ferreira and after last night, he can add the inimitable Grace Coddington to his roster of guests--presumably the first fashion magazine creative director to appear on a late night talk show ever.

Fallon dutifully asked Coddington about her memoir, which she was there to promote. Mostly, though, he just kind of fangirl-ed out about her and praises her repeatedly. It&aposs amazing. Some examples:

"Oh, come on, you&aposre still gorgeous"

"Ooh la la look at that. That&aposs what I&aposm talking about."

"That&aposs the one thing about you when I did first meet you I was like, she&aposs so cool, because you just get that vibe from you."

"It&aposs about the issue, that&aposs the star [of The September Issue], but you kind of steal the movie a little bit."


How Your Inspirational Travel Story Could Win You A Ferragamo Bag (Plus Where Selita Ebanks, Elettra Wiedemann, and More Go To Get Inspired)

Are you a fabulous jet-setter or wanderlusting backpacker with inspirational travel stories to tell? If so, Massimiliano Giornetti, creative director of Salvatore Ferragamo, wants to hear them, and your travelogue might inspire a one-of-a-kind Ferragamo W bag. The iconic W bag is named after the company's matriarch, Wanda Ferragamo, and is decidedly travel-inspired. “For the Resort 2011 collection I drew heavily from the Mediterranean and the new jet set crowd that holidays on the coast,” Massimiliano Giornetti said in a release. “I’m always curious to know what inspires others and how their sources of inspiration affect their daily lives and style choices. With the technology of today, the W List was created to share stories that inspire ourselves and inspire others digitally as we travel the globe at a second’s thought.”


Has Grace Coddington Forsaken Her Cats? She Wants A Puppy For Christmas (OK, And Another Cat, Too)

We all know that Grace Coddington is the ultimate fashion cat lady (though the industry as a whole has got a thing for cats). Not only does she have two cats --a Calico named Pumpkin, and a Blue Persian named Bart--but she also penned the masterwork Catwalk Cats. And, of course you all remember the Vogue spread Coddington styled featuring Karen Elson dressed up as Grace, posing with a litter of kitties.

So we were taken aback when Coddington admitted that she might bring a dog into the mix. We caught Vogue&aposs inimitable creative director at last night&aposs Leadership Awards Gala, in which the city&aposs marketing and tourism organization, NYC & Company, honored Diane von Furstenberg, Anna Wintour, and Macy&aposs CEO Terry Lundgren as leaders of the fashion industry in NYC. With the holiday season in full swing, we asked Coddington what was on her wish list this season. "Another cat," she told us, predictably, then added, "or maybe a dog!" Why not both, Grace?


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