Grace Coddington‘s publicity blitz for her recently-released memoir Grace means we’ve had the chance to hear from Vogue‘s Titian-haired creative director on everything from taking the subway to Anna Wintour‘s powers as both psychic and seductress.
Today, in an interview with the Huffington Post, Coddington weighs in on the recent shakeup at Balenciaga and where she expects fashion’s now-unemployed stars to wind up next.
Of Alexander Wang‘s appointment at Balenciaga, where her close friend Nicolas Ghesquière was creative director for 15 years before announcing his departure last month, Grace argues that the rampant comparisons being made between the two designers are futile: “Don’t think of it as the same house as it was when Nicolas was the creative director; that’s everybody’s mistake.” Wang, she says, will have a “whole different agenda” during his tenure, however long that may be, because “he can’t be somebody else, and he certainly can’t be Nicolas.”
The only person who can be is Ghesquière himself, and Coddington is optimistic about his return. “He will bide his time and come back,” she assures fans. “He’s too brilliant to just disappear.” As for that other major designer currently “biding his time,” she is less certain he will be able to make a seamless transition back into the industry.
“I hope he will return,” she says, fueling the rumor mill surrounding John Galliano‘s future career plans, “but I don’t know. That’s a tough one to get over…I love John, I think he’s brilliant. He certainly intends to come back — when he’s ready.”