Last August, everyone’s favorite flame-haired creative director Grace Coddington announced that she was working on a memoir, much to the excitement of established and aspiring fashionistas everywhere. At the time, Coddington revealed she was getting some industry help on the tome from former Men’s Vogue editor Jay Fielden who has since become the editor in chief of Town & Country — a good thing, if not for the impact that role has on Coddington’s book.
Coddington told WWD today that Fielden is no longer involved in the book. “We both recently began to realize that having a job like Jay’s wasn’t going to allow us the time it takes to write a story as detailed as mine,” said Coddington. “So we shed a few tears and agreed to reconvene for volume two.”
Fielden must be one busy bee at T&C. Back in October, Fielden lost almost everything after escaping a fire that burned his Connecticut house to the ground. Everything except that memoir.
“My first priority was to get my wife and children, then it was to save my book,” Fielden added, referring to the memoir he’s been helping Vogue creative director Grace Coddington write. “I’ve heard about writers losing their work in these kinds of fires, and it always sends chills down my spine.”
If that’s not dedication, we don’t know what is.