Book Review for fashionista’s- Grace a memoir

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If you watched The September Issue then you undoubtedly remember the shining star of the whole documentary. You guessed it… Grace Coddington. Coddington is known as the superbly talented Creative Director for U.S VOGUE. Not only is she supremely talented but she has a truly intriguing character. Coddington at 72 rose to more prominent fame through 2009’s The September Issue. Coddington sported her trademark crazy unkempt red locks and a witty, sharp yet warm demeanour bringing “The September Issue” to life. In a sea of a seemingly blank faced VOGUE employees Grace Coddington provided a dose of “real” in an unreal world.

Coddington may have provided us with a sense of “real” however she really is a true genius of her craft. Coddington’s ability to create unique sets and props are anything but real. If your a fan of photography as opposed to fashion you could not help to love her stunning and unique images.

Coddington comes from a modelling background – winning a competition as a fresh faced 17 year old. Coddington had great success with her unique look. Roughly 10 years on Coddington was involved in a car accident resulting in the loss of her eyelid, requiring plastic surgery. 2 years later Coddington was hired as a junior editor for British Vogue and from there the story stems.

Grace a memoir provides a witty sassy clever memoir. If you only read one book this winter make it this one.

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The Well Dressed Woman’s Do’s & Dont’s

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Yes you heard correct 1925, I was given this book as a gift half in humour and the other half in the gift giver actually knowing I would possibly seriously take the information on board. 1925 was still dominated by the class system, however the author of this book notes it is for “the average woman” bearing in mind that apparently the average woman should have….. a fur coat and never to be seen in imitation fur; a milliner on hand and a first class tailor are all essentials. Clearly this book was written before political correctness was even heard of which makes it all the more amusing…

Here is a run down on Elise Vallee’s advice…. (take note it would be impossible to live up to this standard even for Anna Wintour….)


“Unless nature has given you a beautiful face you will be wiser to create one for yourself “– Not exactly empowering to women to accept their flaws!!!

“Avoid greasy lip-salves- they are vulgar looking”- True pale pink greasy lips are not a good look


“..If you are fat, then a rigid diet is best”– Harsh with some amount of truth

“If you are too thin (almost an impossibility these days), however she does note …”a flat chested appearance can be carried too far”- Harsh with some amount of truth

Clothing, Accessories and Footwear-

“Cheap clothes have nothing to recommend them except their cheapness-Everything else is against them”- I am guessing they didn’t have reduced to clear designer online shops in 1925!!!

“Don’t buy model frocks unless you are really stock size-“completely true and my personal favourite , I think I prefer this term as opposed to sample size.

“Don’t wear your hat perched on top of your head”– obviously

“…Many doctors condemn low heels unhealthy”- I would like to believe this….

However her best advice and  I really love this – “All fashions are beautiful–not, perhaps the first day or two; but after we have seen a thing worn a certain number of times we find it attractive because our eyes become accustomed to it.”

You were spot on there Elise Vallee- If you would like to hear more of Elise Vallee’s style notes you can purchase your very own copy at

Text provided by- The Well Dressed Woman’s Do’s and Don’ts- Elise Vallee, Ebury Press,

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