Grace Coddington

Creative Director. New York

By: Emily Ramshaw
Styling: Alicia Cesaro
Photography: Leslie Kirchhoff

It probably comes as no surprise that the invitation to Grace Coddington’s home was one of our most coveted... ever. Like you (we’re guessing), we’ve been following Coddington’s every move for a very, very long time—before The September Issue made her a household name; and before Grace, her memoir, did more of the same. She is one of those rare people who really do deserve that ‘icon’ moniker—and if you love or follow fashion at all, you’ll know that isn’t even close to hyperbole.

That said, a one-on-one with Coddington has been at the tippy top of our wish-list, until finally, last week, we got a once-in-a-lifetime invitation to visit her at her Chelsea home... [Pause for minor/major freak out.] Which is how we ended up pinching ourselves in Coddington’s kitchen while she brewed some decaf coffee and introduced us to her beloved cats Pumpkin and Blanket.

Cut to Coddington pulling out her new fragrance named (what else?) Grace, a light, non-clinging (very important, we were to learn) rose scent, complete with (again, what else?) a cat shaped cap and giving us a private lesson on how to apply it. (Hint: it has something to do with her somewhat legendary hair.) The longtime stylist and creative director was just as decisive when it came to her no-nonsense personal style, too. As you can imagine, we soaked it all in—and there’s way (way) more where this came from.

Stay tuned with our part two with Coddington, when she breaks down her epic career and what her day-to-day looks like now that she’s no longer at Vogue full-time.