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GRACE CODDINGTON:
US VOGUE CREATIVE DIRECTOR AT LARGE

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Photograph by Fabien Baron / Comme des Garçons; Tommy Ton / Trunk Archive; Charles Eshelman / Getty; Bryan Bedder / Getty.

2 BELOVED CATS. 50+ YEARS IN FASHION. 1 NEW SIGNATURE SCENT.

Grace Coddington needs no introduction. We’ve read the books
(Grace: A Memoir, Grace: 30 Years Of Fashion At Vogue), seen the films (The September Issue, Vogue: The Editor’s Eye), and poured over the iconic fashion editorials that never seem to date. So, when our friends at Comme des Garçons let it slip that they were collaborating with Coddington on her first-ever scent, we couldn’t wait to get our hands on a bottle. As her much-anticipated fragrance lands exclusively at Mecca Cosmetica this month, we caught up with the fashion icon to chat florals, felines, and her less-is-more approach to beauty.

GRACE CODDINGTON US VOGUE CREATIVE DIRECTOR AT LARGE
Photograph courtesy of Comme des Garçons.
GRACE CODDINGTON US VOGUE CREATIVE DIRECTOR AT LARGE
Photograph by Terence Donovan / Trunk Archive.
GRACE CODDINGTON US VOGUE CREATIVE DIRECTOR AT LARGEPhotograph courtesy of Comme des Garçons.

TMM: What’s the secret to having a great sense of style?
GC: Don't adhere to trends.


TMM: You were a successful model in the 1960s and recently starred in the Calvin Klein Fall 2016 campaign. Has your attitude towards beauty changed over the years?
GC: It actually hasn't. I have never been a believer in tons of makeup, and I particularly hate contouring! On shoots I am always the one saying less makeup!


TMM: What was your earliest memory of fragrance growing up?
GC: My earliest memory was the first fragrance I bought when I moved to London: rosewater from Floris.


GRACE CODDINGTON US VOGUE CREATIVE DIRECTOR AT LARGEPhotograph by Terence Donovan / Trunk Archive.

TMM: What makes a great scent?
GC: Something that you wear, not something that wears you.


TMM: Why Comme des Garçons?
GC: I started out talking to the big beauty companies but their processes drove me crazy. You have endless meetings; no one ever makes a decision…the person you really need to see is out of town...and on and on it went. Adrian Joffe is an old friend and Comme des Garçons is a company I greatly respect, so I called Adrian. Two weeks later, we had a contract.


TMM: Was there ever an ‘a-ha’ moment during the creation process when it felt like it was all finally coming together?
GC: When I recognised the fragrance during the trials – I knew it was something I would wear and would never get tired of. But also, after working on a couple of designs for the bottle, when I drew the cat head it suddenly all came together as something that represented me.


GRACE CODDINGTON US VOGUE CREATIVE DIRECTOR AT LARGE
Illustration by Grace Coddington exclusively for The MECCA Memo.
GRACE CODDINGTON US VOGUE CREATIVE DIRECTOR AT LARGE
Photograph by Andreas Laszlo Konrath / Trunk Archive.

TMM: How does your perfume reflect your personality?
GC: Well, I have made no secret of my love of cats, and I have pretty consistently all my life worn rose-scented fragrance. It's reflective of me because when growing up, I have a clear memory of my mother's rose garden, which despite being in wet and windy Wales, miraculously always flourished.


GRACE CODDINGTON US VOGUE CREATIVE DIRECTOR AT LARGEPhotograph by Andreas Laszlo Konrath / Trunk Archive.

TMM: Rumour has it you spritz fragrance in your hair. Why?
GC: Because during the creation of the fragrance, my nose, Christian Astuguevieille told me it's the best way to wear fragrance.


TMM: What’s one beauty trend you’d like to see return?
GC: Totally scrubbed faces and big messy hair.


TMM: What’s been the greatest lesson you’ve learnt throughout your career?
GC: Keep focused at all times.


TMM: What’s one misconception about the fashion industry that you’d like to dispel?
GC: That everyone is an airhead.



Madeleine Boyd


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