Just like every other person that watched The September Issue, I really like Grace Coddington. What is there not to like? In the film, she comes across as principled, intelligent, sincere. As adorable as a Vogue editor can be. Really though, Grace shares these positive qualities with lots of other wonderful people, and the only thing that truly distinguishes her is visibility. It's a rare thing for someone to be both visible and wonderful. But when it happens, people lose their minds. That's what people are like when it comes to Grace: they loooove her.
Count me among those that "love" Grace, but probably won't be reading her memoir, Grace. What's my deal? Well, The New York Times feature which ran in the Styles section this weekend opens with Coddington telling the reporter, “I’m not good with words." And that's totally her perogative, but it certainly doesn't make her book sound appealing. I try to read only good books, due to my mortality, limited time on Earth, etc. Those books are most often not written by people that proclaim themselves to be bad at words. However lovely Grace Coddington might be as a person and as a fashion editor, her book sounds like something that didn't neccessarily have to happen.
Anyway, just because I'm not interested in reading her memoir doesn't mean I don't appreciate the accompanying publicity tour. We already knew this from the documentary that made her famous, but I'm happy to get a reminder: Coddington gives a good interview.
In the Times profile, she had things to say about her boss, Anna Wintour — “With men she’s very seductive, even if they’re one hundred percent gay.” — who should play Coddington in a movie — “Karen Elson is what everyone says, and Julianne Moore when I’m older, in my dreams!” — and Nicolas Ghesquière's future — “Hopefully Nicolas won’t just give up and walk away. He’s too good, too strong, too brilliant, too passionate.”
Ugh, I guess I kind of want to read her memoir.
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Not that Lara Stone and Laetitia Casta need much help when it comes to stunning us with their beauty, but photographers Daniele Duella and Iango Henzi made them look seriously amazing on two of i-D’s eight “Wise Up Issue” covers, and for a substantial photo spread within the magazine as well. Daniele and Iango already photographed a bevy of supermodels for i-D in a series conceptualized by hair stylist Luigi Murenu, and Lara and Laetitia, who models.com dubbed the “queens of curvature” (and rightfully so), are seriously welcome new additions to that group.
“Wow, that editorial is so beautiful! Lara and Laetitia make a great team!” anlabe32 exclaimed.
“The Laetitia and Lara editorial is wonderful,” vogue28 agreed. “I have relished in the amount of coverage Laetitia Casta has been getting. She's a complete stunner,” he added.
Not everyone was thrilled with the editorial though. “I usually love Lara but I think most of those poses were fairly…raunchy,” saeda remarked. “I couldn't get past that to enjoy most of it, despite the lovely styling.”
KissMiss also might have enjoyed something tamer from the mom-to-be. “I am kind of over seeing Lara’s bits… I mean seriously,” he posted.
I am apparently not as tired of seeing Lara’s bits as some people. I kind of can’t get over how much I like these covers and the editorial, and I think they rather tastefully done. Bits and all.
"Scorpios are either the best people in the world or the worst," a friend explained to me recently.
Let's not speculate which category Scorpios Daria Werbowy and Calvin Klein fall under, because it's their birthday today, and according their horoscope, it's not going to be a good one for either of them:
"Family: the sunshine of your life or the new f-word? Today brings a mixed bag of emotions when it comes to your nearest and dearest. While you want to nurture and offer support, you may feel drained by their expectations."
Yuck. That's my nightmare.
The iconic American fashion designer is seventy years old now. That might sound like an advanced age, but I have no doubt that emotionally, he's much, much younger than he looks.
And dear Daria is 29, which is young in the grand scheme of things, but ancient in modeling years. She's practically as old as Calvin Klein. Together, they're some of fashion's most visible senior citizens.
If the two of them have any sense, they'll dip out of their annoying family drama today and go be silly and old together over drinks.
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Leave it to Kate Moss to make promoting her new book, Kate: The Kate Moss Book seem like the most glamorous thing to do. Most people don’t launch a book with a party hosted by Marc Jacobs and supported by Ciroc Ultra Premium Vodka, but Kate is not most people. The supermodel has been opening up more to the press as of late, and she’s reportedly being filmed for a documentary at the moment as well, which is remarkable only because she’s remained so quiet about her personal life throughout her long career.
People like husband Jamie Hince (of course), Florence Welch, Stella McCartney, Liberty Ross, Boy George all turned out for the event on Thursday night in London, but Kate shined brightest in her metallic gold gown and smoky eye makeup.
“She looks great!” eizhowa exclaimed. “Not sure about the knotted thing on her tummy, but she looks radiant in gold. I think that dress would work equally well on backwards actually,” she mused.
Earlier in the day Kate looked equally chic at a book signing at the Marc Jacobs store in Mayfair wearing a black and white leopard print dress from the designer’s Spring 2013 collection.
“She looks absolutely amazing in that Marc Jacobs dress!!! Wow,” liberty33r1b posted.
I think if the leopard print dress was miraculously hanging in my closet I would wear it at every possible opportunity this winter and into spring. Alas, I don’t foresee that happening anytime soon (or ever), so I’ll just continue to admire Kate and marvel at her overall awesomeness.
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Cass Bird photographed Daria Werbowy (who we usually see looking glam and amazing in French Vogue) in what can only be described as an androgynous look for the cover of Fat Magazine’s Winter 2012 issue. I’m a big fan of Daria’s, and I usually like Bird’s work, but this is really not doing it for me. I’d like the Daria I know and love back, please. And so it seems, would everyone else.
Urban Stylin wrote, “Whoa, this looks like a mug shot from one of those 'ladies who kill' shows on the Crime channel.” I really wish that I could disagree with him, but he’s unfortunately right.
“She looks like a dude here OMG no,” JessicaKarina put it bluntly.
“I never thought Daria could take a bad shot until I saw this one,” Nepenthes posted.
Whether they were saying that it was “a bad passport photo,” or that Daria “looks like most of the boys in my high school yearbook,” or that the shot looks like “Robert Mapplethorpe by Andy Warhol,” everyone in the forums seemed to have a quip about the cover shot, and I can’t really object to any of them.
"You know they ask you questions. Just an example: 'What do you wear to bed?' … So I said, 'Chanel No. 5!' Because it's the truth! And yet I don't want to say 'nude,' you know?" [Fashionologie]
Twilight needs to stop having premieres. Its cast looks fashioned out. [FabSugar]
Remember when Twilight was just the name for a time of day? No, neither do I. [BellaSugar]
Kate disapproves of Pippa's new boyfriend because have you ever met boys? They've got nothing on princes. [CelebDirtyLaundry]
Kim Kardashian sent out a Tweet about Israel because that's a terrible idea. [Starcasm]
Rihanna covered GQ's Men of the Year issue because RihannaRihannaRihanna. [DailyStab]
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