Vogue fashion director Grace Coddington is more interested in her own memoir than catwalk action on Fashion Week front rows
19:14 GMT, 12 September 2012
It appears Grace Coddington has been more interested in reading her own memoir this New York Fashion Week than catching front row catwalk action.
The 71-year-old Vogue creative director, who is responsible for styling the magazine's cover stars, paid little attention to the latest trends sweeping the runway as she sat engrossed in her book, which is set for release next month.
During presentations for Donna Karan and Rag & Bone, Fashionista.com suggested that she sat making notes in a final version of the orange bound tome, failing to notice models walking by.
Engrossed: Ms Coddington sits front row at the Rag & Bone presentation reading her book
The much-anticipated memoir is said to cover everything from the fashion mogul's childhood in Wales to her time as a model during the Sixties.
Co-authored with her friend and Vanity Fair style editor-at-large Michael Roberts, publishing group Random House reportedly offered her $1.2m for the deal.
Discussing the contents of the work she told the New York Daily Post: 'I’m not telling secret stories… Not writing ugly bad
things to get back at anyone.
Mufti-tasking: Grace Coddington sits clutching her memoir at the Donna Karan show at New York Fashion Week
Must-have accessory: Ms Coddington's memoir traces her rise to fashion stardom
'This book’s not gossipy. It’s more a
'I’ve kept a diary since I was a tiny kid trying to find my way,
and going through all my written records reminds me of shoots and jogs
Her memoir simply titled Grace, is set to hit the shelves in November 20
Commissioned in 2010 she was forced to put the project on hold as Jay Fielden, who she'd originally planned on writing it with, accepted the
job as editor-in-chief at Town & Country.
The duo previously collaborated on her 2002 work Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue.
After spending decades in the fashion industry, spending the majority of her career at Vogue, Ms Coddington received much attention in 2009 with the release of the The September Issue.
The fly-on-the-wall documentary followed her as she helped editor-in-chief Anna Wintour style and produce the September 2007 issue.
Ms Coddington was previously married to restaurateur.Michael Chow and later to photographer Willie Christie, however both relationships ended in divorce.
She currently lives in New York and Long Island with her partner, Didier Malige, and their two cats, Bart and Pumpkin.
Her memoir simply titled Grace, which also features a collection of her own pen-and-ink illustrations is priced at $35 and is set to hit the shelves in November 20.