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Five Things We Learned About Grace Coddington from Her NY Times Profile

Grace Coddington, the creative director at Vogue, got the New York Times profile treatment this weekend. In case you missed it, here are five interesting things we learned about Coddington from perusing the piece.

  1. Coddington is about to release a memoir titled Grace, which she was paid $1.2 million to write.
  2. She shares two cats — Bart and Pumpkin — with her boyfriend. Bart is named after Bart Simpson. We’re just guessing about that.
  3. When Coddington was young, she attended a convent school where the nuns roller-skated.
  4. She once asked Madonna to wear a hat that looked like a “cream cake.” Madonna, ever the fashionista, wasn’t happy about it.
  5. Coddington’s advice to young designers? It helps to have “a few things going wrong in their life.”
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Calvin Klein, Piers Morgan and The Newsroom‘s Emily Mortimer

1003_mockup.gifIt was a dizzying scene at Michael’s today.  Fashion A-listers (Calvin Klein, Grace Coddington), talking heads (Piers Morgan) and the random television star (The Newsroom‘s Emily Mortimer) provided some serious people watching for the mere mortals in the dining room.

Before the crowd rushed in, I caught up with Bravolebrity Lori Zaslow in the ladies room (What can I say? I go where the news takes me ) who just wrapped her first season of Love Broker. Lori, who was with her business partner Jenn Zucher, tells me the show brought plenty of new clients looking for their soul mates and some great new business opportunities, including her new ‘love oil’ called Gravitate which is sold at Exhale Spa and a few select boutiques around town. “The show was a great experience and some great new things came our way as a result of the exposure,” Lori told me. She’ll be Katie Couric‘s guest on her new talk show on October 5. Will there be a season two of Love Broker? As they
say, stay tuned.

Diane Clehane and Andy Amill

I was joined today by publishing powerhouse Andrew Amill, vice president of Weight Watchers Media Group. As a lifetime member of Weight Watchers, I’ve always found the plan works when you work it, and I love the weekly meetings which always have such an empowering, fun vibe. While their campaign with Jennifer Hudson (one of the greatest transformations ever!) has been a resounding success, Andy tells me that despite all the snipping in the tabloids about the company’s newest spokeswoman Jessica Simpson (who was Katie Couric‘s guest on her show’s premiere) is also doing great on the plan. Her first commercial touting her shedding her post-baby weight just hit the airwaves and her big ‘reveal’ will come in December. She’ll also be the cover girl for WeightWatchers Magazine‘s January/February issue. ”Both Jennifer and Jessica resonate with our members,” says Andy. Charles Barkley, who is the face and (newly slimmed down) body for the men’s program has given the company’s a “100 percent bump” on the men’s site.

Andy tells me weightwatchers.com is the fastest growing part of the company (6.2 million monthly uniques and 250 million page views) as the powers that be add more and more interactive features that keep members plugged into the program whereever they go. Later this year, a bar code scanner for smart phones will be introduced that will allow users to scan the UPC code of any supermarket food item and immediately get its point value. The perfect antidote to temptation, no doubt. “The technology the company has created that allows members to stay connected and motivated is outstanding,” says Andy.  Read more

Vogue’s Creative Director Sells Memoir for $1.2 Million

Grace Coddington, Vogue’s Creative Director, has an interesting story to tell, but the fact that she sold her memoir to Random House for $1.2 million is a little surprising. The New York Observer reports that this puts to rest the rumors Coddington had abandoned the project, which will be co-written by Michael Roberts, a writer for Vogue.

Coddington is definitely known in the fashion world, but outside of that, is there really that much of an audience for this book? Perhaps we shouldn’t be so caught off guard by this though. People with far less interesting lives get book deals all the time.

Don’t get mad! We’re sure Nicole Richie’s Priceless was quality work. We were actually talking about Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino. We do have to hand it to him and his publisher though, Here’s the Situation: A Guide to Creeping on Chicks, Avoiding Grenades, and Getting in Your GTL on the Jersey Shore is one hell of a title.

Former Men’s Vogue Editor Jay Fielden Loses Home In Fire

Jay Fielden, former editor of  Men’s Vogue and now a contributing editor at Vogue, escaped a house fire with his wife, Yvonne, and their three children this week, WWD is reporting. Unfortunately, their Wilton, Connecticut home burned completely to the ground.

Fielden, however, is choosing to focus on the positive and on the future, despite losing the majority of his belongings in the blaze:

We are lucky we made it out. We spent the night at the neighbors. Now we’ll need to find a house to rent, because it will probably take a year to rebuild.

Fielden did share that he had the presence of mind to save one, important material object: the memoir he is helping Vogue creative director Grace Coddington put together.