>> Grace Coddington has been working on a memoir since last year, and now it sounds like it's guaranteed to get published: she's sold it to Random House for a rumored $1.2 million. The book is said to cover Coddington's early life in Wales, her time as a model in '60s London, the car accident that changed her career path, and the subsequent years spent as a stylist and editor at both British and American Vogue. Although she was originally collaborating with Jay Fielden, he left the project after becoming editor-in-chief of Town & Country; Coddington is now said to be co-writing the book with former Vanity Fair fashion and style director Michael Roberts. Random House declined comment. [NYO]
>> With the influx of one Vogue alum at Town & Country — former style director Alexandra Kotur, who recently joined the magazine as creative director — out goes another. Billy Norwich, who left Vogue to join T&C a year ago as special correspondent, has exited his position in the wake of the Town & Country's January editor-in-chief changeover.
Norwich was told he would now be working exclusively as a writer by new editor Jay Fielden, who added, "We thank Billy for his contributions to the magazine during his tenure and look forward to publishing his freelance work if the opportunity presents itself.” Norwich for his part, noted, “Alas, there isn’t a web site yet to satisfy the urge to write more in real time so I think it is really time for me to do something out of the box."
Speaking of Kotur, her successor at Vogue has been named. 25-year-old Chloe Malle (left), daughter of Candice Bergen and the late French film director Louis Malle, will take the title of social editor. Malle previously spent a year as the residential real estate columnist at The New York Observer and has been freelancing for The New York Times for the past six months.
- Carine Roitfeld's new project has nothing to do with Tom Ford, she says: "A long time he’s my friend, but I don’t want to go back, so I want to look in front of me … Because I did ten years with Tom, then ten years for Vogue Paris. Now I want to do something new. I don’t want to go back. But he’s one of my best friends, Tom" [The Cut]
- Alexander Wang was just named GQ's Best New Menswear Designer, for which he will receive $50,000 [GQ]
- Karl Lagerfeld is selling his six-floor, never-lived-in Gramercy Park apartment (which he bought in 2006 for $6.575 million because he "thought he’d move here and retire here," according to a source) for $5.5 million [NY Post]
- 19-year-old Ukrainian model Juju Ivanyuk, who opened for Celine and Alexander McQueen last season, was chosen by Prada and Miu Miu casting director Russell Marsh to open and close the BCBG show yesterday (left) [The Cut]
- Grace Coddington's memoir has stalled — "It's slow going," she says — because her co-writer Jay Fielden is settling into his new job as Town & Country editor [NY Post]
- Alexander McQueen's sales continue to grow, a year after the founding designer's death [Vogue UK]
- Which New York shows is Anna Wintour looking forward to? "I’m always looking forward to seeing the young designers in New York, Proenza Schouler, Rodarte, Alexander Wang — all the designers that came out of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. And Olivier Theyskens' first show for Theory. That’s obviously very exciting" [NY Times]
- Reed Krakoff cut his invitation list by 120 this season [@jimshi809]
- Net-a-Porter is now putting out a print magazine; the first issue features Alexa Chung on the cover [Fashionista]
- A preview of the new Lizzie Fortunato Jewels collection, which in addition to the signature bib necklaces includes woven belts and leopard print pony hair satchels for Fall 2011 [The Moment]
- According to The Lake and the Stars's Maayan Zilberman, who cast plus size models like Alyona Osmanova and Inga Eiriksdottir in her Fall 2011 show today: "Agencies are horrified we're putting girls from plus division in with [skinny girls], and some agents said flat out they wouldn't put their 'good girls' with plus sized models" [@Refinery29, @jezebeljenna]
- New Barneys fashion director Amanda Brooks wore flats to the shows yesterday because her doctor told her to [The Window]
- Androgynous male model Andrej Pejic has been cast in Yoana Baraschi's Feb. 13 show [Fashionetc.]
>> Grace Coddington has confirmed that she is working with former Men's Vogue editor-in-chief Jay Fielden (who she previously collaborated with on Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue) on a memoir.
“We’re just starting, and I think it’s going to be a really fun project,” she told WWD. “I’m hoping it’s going to be very rich in fashion history. It’s more than just about me.” The book will cover her early life in Wales, her time as a model in '60s London, the car accident that changed her career path, and the subsequent years spent as a stylist and editor at both British and American Vogue. Fielden and Coddington have reportedly signed with literary agent Elyse Cheney (who has worked with the likes of Dave Eggers and Benjamin Kunkel) and plan to shop the finished book proposal to publishers this Fall. Fielden has already accompanied Coddington to the July couture shows in Paris and started conducting interviews with her network of friends and colleagues.
>> All those rumors last year of T editor Stefano Tonchi jumping ship to Conde Nast were apparently not for naught: just a day after it was announced that longtime W editor Patrick McCarthy would be stepping down, Fashion Week Daily reports that an announcement of Tonchi as W's new editor-in-chief is expected imminently.
As launch editor of T, Tonchi has propelled the magazine "into the ad-rev stratosphere," as The Daily puts it; he was previously fashion creative director at Esquire.
WWD, meanwhile, says it also expects a new editor-in-chief to be named quickly, and cites Tonchi, Carine Roitfeld, Katie Grand, New York's Adam Moss, and former Men's Vogue editor Jay Fielden as frontrunners, although none would comment.