I haven't done a book review in quite a while, but I felt like this one was definitely worth mentioning. I received this book for Christmas and did not want to put it down! As you probably know, Grace Coddington is the long time creative director of Vogue. In her memoir, she covers everything from her relationship with Anna, to her obsession with cats. I don't want to give away any "spoilers" because I hope you pick one up and read it! However I did want to make a few observations.
I loved that it felt like she was just talking to you and telling you a story. I loved hearing about the current fashion royalty, but what they were like in the 60s and 70s before they had made it really big! One quirky thing I never knew was that she draws pictures of the outfits at fashion shows instead of taking notes about them! I also love that she can't/won't do email - her assistant prints them out for her and she handles it that way. I am a pretty technically savvy person - I tweet, read emails, and instagram photos all day long. For some reason though, I really appreciate and understand the old school-ness of Grace. Before it was all about tweeting up-to-the-minute info about what was happening at a fashion show, you could really just watch the fashion show and pay full attention. I think so many of her overlying views on things like this can apply to us every day. As in, I can enjoy having my coffee without having to instagram it. Don't get me wrong, I'm not adopting her tactics just yet, but I do think I have a bit of a different perspective about how I perceive fashion and the whole industry now after reading this book.
I also have a soft spot for any girl from a small town who follows her dreams. ;)
If you read it, let me know what you think!!