CODDINGTON MEMOIR: Grace Coddington, creative director of Vogue and breakout star of last year’s documentary “The September Issue,” is working on a memoir, WWD has learned. Coddington and former Men’s Vogue editor in chief Jay Fielden — whom the red-headed stylist enlisted to help write the book after being approached by agents and publishers looking to translate her “September Issue” fame into a bestseller — are preparing a proposal for her autobiography.
Coddington confirmed she is working with Fielden. “We’re just starting, and I think it’s going to be a really fun project,” she told WWD, adding: “I’m hoping it’s going to be very rich in fashion history. It’s more than just about me.”
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The book will cover Coddington’s early life in Wales, 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.
Coddington and Fielden have apparently signed with literary agent Elyse Cheney (who’s worked with the likes of Dave Eggers, Benjamin Kunkel, James Wolcott and A.O. Scott) and plan to shop the finished proposal to publishers this fall. In the meantime, they have been spending a lot of time together. Fielden accompanied Coddington to the Paris couture shows in July and has been interviewing her network of friends, as well as colleagues, according to sources.
This is not a first-time collaboration between the two. Fielden helped out with the writing and editing of Coddington’s 2002 coffee-table book, “Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue” (Steidl/Edition 7L) and, last October, conducted a Q&A with Coddington as part of a New York Public Library live-discussion series. — Nick Axelrod
TV CAMERA READY: Television is getting in on the one-two punch of Fashion’s Night Out and Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week. CBS began teasing its Sept. 14 Fashion’s Night Out behind-the-scenes special last week with a handful of clips posted online. The footage has Vogue editor Anna Wintour figuring prominently (as expected) as she plans the sequel to last year’s inaugural event. In an interesting subplot, several now-former Vogue-brand personalities feature as extras. In one segment, which shows a March assembly of all the magazine’s international-edition editors, former publisher Tom Florio and former Russian Vogue editor Aliona Doletskaya can be seen listening intently to presentations from Wintour and Condé Nast International president Jonathan Newhouse. In another, former fashion news and features director Sally Singer, who left in June to helm T: The New York Times Style Magazine, gives her notes on fall trends.
NBC, meanwhile, has begun rolling out its local ad campaign for its coverage of fashion week with spots on its local affiliate as well as in taxis, on PATH trains and on Times Square billboards. — Matthew Lynch