Anna Wintour’s Saving Grace

“The Devil Wears Prada” was a box office comedy based on a book by Vogue Editor Anna Wintour’s ex-assistant. The movie depicts a woman driven by power with zero concern for those who do her bidding. The ridiculous demands and ensuing comedy and fashion are unforgettable.

Enter “September Issue.” Camera crews hound a makeup-less, evasive, [now] 71 year-old creative director named Grace Coddington in this Vogue documentary that shows a realistic look at putting out the most iconic fashion magazine of all time.  A stylist, photographer, artist and former model, Grace exhibits unparalleled talent when styling shoots and has rightfully earned the unwavering loyalty that Wintour harbors for only a few people in this world. Television interviews or any kind of public attention put Grace into near panic attacks, so I question if her autobiography Grace: A Memoir  is an attempt to allay such spectacles for the rest of her life.

Grace’s book takes you on a ride through time, skipping back and forth between current events and the experiences that shape how she views the world around her. We’re shown a naive, small-town girl chasing her dream of working in fashion and the carousel of characters who all eventually become household names (Yves St. Laurent, Karl Lagerfeld, John Galliano). Grace takes you on a journey – witnessing first-hand the fashion industry’s evolution and what she likes and dislikes about where it is now. The highlights are the photos, ranging from the 1940’s to present day with artistic flare and sentiment.

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, You might find a hair ball or two (read it, you’ll get it). You might even re-think your  assumptions about Wintour as you see her through Grace’s eyes. And if nothing else, you’ll want to see Grace conduct more interviews and perhaps go on a book signing and speaking tour. Wishful thinking?

Buy it now!


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3 Responses to Anna Wintour’s Saving Grace

  1. Denise April 26, 2013 at 6:39 am #

    Oh, and thank you for the well-wishes. I am officially back from the dead. The flu is nothing to mess with!

  2. Denise April 26, 2013 at 6:38 am #

    I loved The Devil Wears Prada and the September Issue. I also read Jerry Oppenheimer’s biography of Wintour. I agree there must be two sides to this famous fashion icon. She’s definitely driven, but I think that’s what it takes to navigate an industry as unique as the world of fashion. If I ever had the chance, I’d love to meet Anna Wintour – even if she never smiled, or took off her glasses:)

    • Thea Wood June 14, 2013 at 12:19 am #

      I agree! I think it’s funny that Hollywood named Gwyneth Paltrow the worst actor to work with yet a week later she was named the hottest woman in Hollywood. Sometimes being a strong person who goes for what she wants is mislabeled.

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