Grace Coddington to Do New Documentary, Vogue Still in Decline

February 8, 2010 • Fashion

Grace Coddington and R.J. Cutler

Grace Coddington, creative director of Vogue, may not yet be ready for the future. In a recent Q & A session R.J. Cutler, (the director of the sleeper hit documentary The September Issue, which features Coddington along with fellow Vogue titans Andre Leon Talley and Anna Wintour), Coddington lamented on the current pace that print journalism is taking—namely, into extinction. We’ve been having meetings recently about all the Condé Nast magazines
going online and things like that, and I’m like, 'I don’t want anything
to do with it.'"
Coddington said. That, along with the official Fashion Week venue changing to Lincoln Center, were the top two grievances that Coddington had with the current fashion climate. There is something that has not vexed her lately, and that is the time she spent working with Cutler on film. In fact, Coddington was seemingly so impressed with the documentarian's work, she signed herself up for another of Cutler's projects. However this time, she will into be the one appearing in front of the cameras as the stars of this film would be, her own precious commune of cats. Yes, that's right. Cutler and Coddington revealed they would be working on a film project based on Coddington's book entitled, Catwalk Cats, the subject of which we can only guess. "We think it's going to be a big animated feature film about Grace
Coddington's feline family," Cutler noted. When asked if Coddington would provide
voice-over, he merely claimed, "We'll see what happens. That's not the plan."

It may not hurt for Coddington to get a side gig in the film industry, since he mag is still somewhat hurting. Newsstand publications were all down during the last half of 2009, but fashion and lifestyle titles seemed to be hit especially hard. Vogue seemed to suffer second worst, with a 15.1 percent drop on single-copy sales. The only major publication that saw a worse decline was Allure, with 17. 2 percent. Other major mags were not too far off like Marie Claire with a 14.6 decline and Lucky with 11. 7 percent. Surprisingly, other high-end titles actually gained, such Harper's Bazaar, with a 0.3 percent increase, and Vanity Fair, with an impressive 5 percent increase, which many believe came from their popular August issue that featured a posthumous Heath Ledger. WWD's story on the sales patterns concluded that the best-selling genre of women's magazines last year was actually health and wellness.

Article Source: WWD, NY Mag
Photo Source: NY Mag
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