>> Grace Coddington has been spotted dining often with The September Issue director RJ Cutler, and it sounds like it's not just purely out of friendship. When Coddington was in London last week for the British Fashion Awards, she told the Times UK Cutler is working her illustrated book Catwalk Cats into a film treatment: “It’s a bit of a battle, actually. I’m fighting for it not to turn into some Disney thing.”
Despite all the newfound attention The September Issue has brought her — at least five people come up to her on the subway every morning — she's not planning on becoming a press hound:
Do you ever see me giving interviews? I’m never one of those people talking into a microphone at the end of a show. I’m not prepared to crush some poor designer who’s just spent six months slaving over a collection. I think it’s horrible and they all [the pundits] talk about themselves. Plus, the questions are so stupid . . . I hate trends. And you know the question they always ask me at shows; ‘What’s the latest trend?’”
Which models are her favorite? »
She's still very stuck in her ways: she dresses minimalist ("Too fat to dress up”), loves to use redheaded models as images of herself in her youth (“In fairness Tonne [Goodman, Vogue’s Fashion Director] does the same. The models in her shoots have all got ironed blonde hair”) and was put off having any cosmetic surgery now by the four reconstructive surgeries she had to have after a car accident in her early twenties.
And she likes British models for their strong characters:
Unlike the new ones who have no personality. Mind you, they’re so young. I was working with a very successful one the other day and she told me her parents were coming to take her on a trip to the place she loved best. I thought, where’s she going — Africa? It was Disney World. And I thought, ‘Good for you. You’re still a child.'