If you're amongst the growing group getting sick of all things cat-related, you might not want to read this because yet again, our favourite feline friends are in the spotlight but this time it's not all about Choupette Lagerfeld.
Grace Coddington recently teamed up with Nicolas Ghesquiere for Balenciaga to design a small line of pieces named and inspired by her cat, Pumpkin. As the preview image shows, that has translated onto the colours used on the bags and according to the press release, the scarves in the collection will also feature Pumpkin drawings of Pumpkin sported some of the brnad's key looks from the past decade.
US Vogue are always the last to reveal their September issue but last night it finally arrived. Lady Gaga appears styled by Grace Coddington and shot by Mert & Marcus wearing a dress from Marc Jacobs' Fall 2012 collection.
The singer was the natural choice for the magazine. Her March 2011 cover of the magazine was one of their best selling issues of the year and of course, her Monsters will be out in droves picking it up on August 14 when it hits newsstands. I'm still undecided about how I feel about it but what I do know is that it doesn't excitement quite in the same way as Gwen Stefani's Harper's cover did but who knows, it might one of those ones that grows on you.
Last week famed hair stylist Vidal Sassoon sadly passed away in his Mulholland Drive home as a result of an unspecified illness and ever since, there has been a flood of tributes from colleagues and celebrities about his work.
US Vogue creative director Grace Coddington was one of the first, talking about working with him in the Sixties on his famous five point haircut. 'He was key to that whole look in the early Sixties, that youth quake thing in London. The [five point] cut gave you a certain freedom. You weren't chained to the salon, and you certainly didn't have to go and have it set with big rollers under a hair dryer for a couple of hours,' she told The New York Times. 'He did it with a hand-held hair dryer, so it wasn't quite drip-dry, but it was remarkable. It was a cut so precisely worked out that, no matter which way you shook it, there was never a sort of long piece hanging over the wrong side.'
Fellow hair stylist Nicky Clarke also spoke about hi after the news broke. 'He was a hugely significant - probably the most iconic of all hairdressers,' he told BBC's Newsnight. 'Certainly hairdressers around today - myself included - have a huge debt to this man who changed the way people felt about their hair.' Talking to Vogue.com, Daniel Hersheson expressed the same feeling. 'Vidal created a movement that transformed women, creating modern feminine looks - a beauty and style that had simply never been seen before...On behalf of myself and my son Luke Hersheson, along with everybody who works at Daniel Hersheson, we would like to thank Vidal Sassoon for everything he gave the hairdressing industry. He was a true icon.'
US Vogue's May cover starring Scarlett Johansson was a bit of a disappointment considering the strong run they have been on with their covers recently. Aside from the beautiful Grace Coddington-styled shoot with Natalia Vodinaova, the inside of the magazine follows in the same vein as the cover.
Following on from the industry's current penchant with cats (even SHOWstudio's recent Instagram shoot had them) Arizona Muse appears in the magazine with a black and white cat in the editorial called 'Cat's Meow'. The shoot, styled by the magazine's contributing editor Elissa Santisi, isn't the strongest they've released recently and the addition of the cat doesn't seem to add anything. More importantly, though, what do you make of Muse's hair?
If there's one book that I'm excited for this year, it's Grace Coddington's memoir, which is set to hit stores this November. While I had a always been a big fan of her work in Vogue, it was her appearance in 'The September Issue' where she was undoubtedly the star of the show that really sold me.
Much has been said about the book, which she sold to Random House for a reported $1.2 million, with many predicting that it will be a tell all. Yesterday at Paul Smith's 25 years on Saks Fifth Avenue party, she refuted the rumours saying: 'I’m 70. ... I’ve been in fashion 55 years. With Vogue 20 years. I’m not telling secret stories. Not writing ugly bad things to get back at anyone. This book’s not gossipy. It’s more a record.
As you would expect, just about everyone turned up to see Marc Jacobs' Fall 2012 show yesterday. Front row goers included good friend Rachel Zoe who sat next to the designer's former partner Lorenzo Martone, along with editors like Suzy Menkes, Glenda Bailey, Anna Dello Russo and Amy Astley. Celebrity-wise, all eyes were 'Oh Lola!' face Dakota Fanning and Maria Sharapova.
Recently we revealed that Grace Coddington is working on a memoir based on her modelling years and time at Vogue and now reports confirm that she's sold it to Random House for an alleged $1.2 million.
The confirmation comes despite Page Six recently reporting that the stylist had "put the project aside". Get ready for tales of “her modeling days in Sixties London, the car accident that changed her career path and her ascendancy through fashion’s ranks as a stylist and editor at British Vogue and, later, its American counterpart.”
We all love Hilary Alexander. I mean what's not to love? Her selection of fur hats and front row ensembles keep us stimulated during fashion week season and it's hard to find a better fashion journalist on this side of the pond. If you're a fan of Alexander's you'll be pleased to know that she has an autobiography in the works.
Since her 'semi-retirement' from The Telegraph, the former fashion director has been working on the long awaited piece. "I've always wanted to write an autobiography because I've lived such an incredible life, quite a strange life," she told Vogue.com. "I mean, I was born in New Zealand and somehow managed to become fashion director of the Telegraph!"
According to the New York Post, Wintour is currently interviewing prospective authors to collaborate on a memoir charting her 23 years at Vogue. Since the announcement was made many are tipping Mark Holgate, Vogue's fashion news director, to be chosen for the project. Despite the reports, Vogue reps continue to have call the rumours "absolutely not true.