The Genteel
March 2, 2021


Grace Coddington's memoir was released on November 20. Source:

The Genteel editors on what we're seeing, doing, reading and anticipating for the week ahead.


LONDON British Fashion Awards. The British Fashion Awards celebrate the breadth and depth of talent in the British fashion industry from the emerging stars to the designer brands, models and style icons, from creatives through to awarding the ultimate accolade, Designer of the Year. Nominated designers are Christopher Kane, Mary Katrantzou and Stella McCartney. The New Establishment award recognises a designer who, over the past two seasons, has been forging an international career and gained critical acclaim from a global audience. The nominees this year are Erdem, Jonathan Saunders and Meadham Kirchhoff. (November 27).

NEW YORK - M: The Civilized Years, 1983-1989. John Tinseth is an ex-deputy sheriff, ex-paratrooper, ex-park ranger, and author of the men's style blog, The Trad. Join him for a presentation of his book, M: The Civilized Years, 1983-1989, which collects the best of M magazine. M featured fashion and styling advice for men from Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Perry Ellis, Alexander Julian, and many others. It also documented New York's urbane, upper-class lifestyle, covered the best restaurants and the wildest bars, and featured articles about how to find the perfect tailor - and the perfect wife. The Museum at FIT (November 29).

NEW YORK Ivy Style. Richard Press offers an informative and entertaining tour of Ivy Style, an exhibition celebrating one of the most enduring clothing styles of the 20th century. Ivy Style shows how the "Ivy League look" began on prestigious American college campuses during the early years of the 20th century, and it reveals how, nearly one hundred years after its inception, Ivy style remains a thriving global influence. The Museum at FIT (November 26).

Valentino: Master of Couture opens this week.

Semhar Woldeyesus visited the opening of Ivy Style at the Museum at FIT. Read her review here.

LONDONValentino: Master of Couture. This major new exhibition celebrating the life and work of Valentino will showcase over 130 exquisite haute couture designs worn by icons such as Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Grace Kelly, Sophia Loren and Gwyneth Paltrow. Divided into three sections; visitors will start with a private view of Valentino's world through photographs from his personal archive, offering an intimate portrait of the life of the master. The exhibition then unfolds into a couture fashion show where roles are reversed with visitors walking the catwalk to view 130 of Valentino's haute couture designs. Somerset House (November 29, 2012-March 3, 2013).

LONDON - Valentino: An Exclusive Style Event. To celebrate the opening of its major autumn exhibition Valentino: Master of Couture, Somerset House has partnered up with Sunday Times Style Conversations for their 10th anniversary to bring you Valentino and Giancarlo Giammetti in conversation with Colin McDowell. Savoy Ballroom/Somerset House (November 30).

GENT Shiro Kuramata. Revolutionary Japanese designer, Shiro Kuramata's transparent design objects in acrylic, glass and steel wire are some of the most representative and creative of late 20th century design. Design Museum Gent (November 24, 2012- February 24, 2013). 


Grace: A Memoir (Random House). Grace Coddington's extraordinary talent and fierce dedication to her work as creative director of Vogue have made her an international icon. Known through much of her career only to those behind the scenes, she might have remained fashion's best-kept secret were it not for The September Issue, the 2009 documentary that turned Coddington into a sudden, reluctant celebrity.

With the witty, forthright voice that has endeared her to her colleagues and peers for more than 40 years, Grace now creatively directs the reader through the storied narrative of her life so far. Evoking the time when models had to tote their own bags and props to shoots, Grace describes her early career as a model, working with such world-class photographers as David Bailey and Norman Parkinson, before she stepped behind the camera to become a fashion editor at British Vogue in the late 1960s. Here she began creating the fantasy "travelogues" that would become her trademark. In 1988, she joined American Vogue, where her breathtakingly romantic and imaginative fashion features, a sampling of which appear in this book, have become instant classics. 


Business of Fashion - Guest contributor Eugene Rabkin, editor-in-chief of StyleZeitgeist magazine, makes the case against fast fashion collaborations

David Walmsley looks at the label Lost & Found. Founded by Canadian Ria Dunn and wholly-made in Italy, Lost & Found's garments fuse old-world construction with modern aesthetics.

WWD - Contemporary French label, A.P.C., seeks to elevate its presence in the American market.

WWD - An interview with Comme des Garcons, Rei Kawakubo: "The more people that are afraid when they see new creation, the happier I am."

New York Times - After months of anticipation, Grace Coddington's memoir is finally out. She speaks to the NYT. 



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