am 31. Januar 2013
GRACE: A MEMOIR
I am finished reading the autobiography by the famous and creatively gifted Grace Coddington. So far it has been an inconsistently interesting read:
In the first half of the book Grace recalls her many love stories and although she does not directly speak of the influence they’ve had on her fashion career, it is clear that she oly dated wealthy men and those who could help her jumpstart her career in fashion. While this is nothing new in this materialistic world of ours, I did feel slightly annoyed. I suppose it is not the fashion-based content I was expecting.
However, in the second half of the book when Grace has matured in age and personality, she embarks on very interestinc creative projects and lets the reader see the inner circle of a usually closely-knit and tightly shut circle of fashion insiders. Here one can learn a lot about the important people of the fashion industry and their participation over the last decades.
Finally the book closes with a chapter on cats. Although I really do love cats, this again I find very irritating and out of place. Do I really need to know about a cat mind-reader, a sort of spiritual cat therapist who Grace calls when one of her felines is late coming back froma walk in the nearby woods? I am not sure....
Overall I can recommend this book as a good read on the way to work...in the train and on the underground. You can read a few fragmented pages and then put it aside and not worry about how the chapters fit together - because they dont. I read it with my toddler jumping around and if it wasn't for the cat pictures (and one photo with a dog) which we had to look at every time I picked up the book, I don't think I could have read it. So I could read a page or two and then put the book down and engage in playing peek-a-boo or changing diapers.
am 12. Februar 2014
Habe das Buch in einem Tag verschlungen. Über verschiedene Blogs bin ich auf dieses Buch gestoßen und alle anderen Bloggerinnen waren auch schon sehr begeistert. Bin zwar keine Fashion Queen, aber es hat mich einfach trotzdem gefesselt und nicht mehr aus seinem Bann gelassen. Grace erzählt uns ihr Leben von Anfang an und gewährt auch Blicke hinter die Kulissen der Vogue. Auch eine Empfehlung für nicht so modebewusste Menschen. Die Person Grace Coddington ist einfach faszinierend. Jetzt fehlt mir nur noch der Film dazu. Deshalb habe ich mir "The September Issue" auch schon bestellt. Schade, dass ich es schon ausgelesen habe. Es könnte von mir aus die doppelte Seitenanzahl haben.