Barney’s recently held the book signing of Vogue’s “The Editors Eye”. Being a self proclaimed “fashion aficionado” I was stunned at the opportunity to be in the room with such personalities as Grace Coddington, who is profiled in the book.
As I entered the floor of the Chelsea Passage at Barneys I was pleased to be greeted by a slender glass of bubbly and the PR team who introduced me to co-host Vogue Fashion Director Tonne Goodman and International Editor at Large Hamish Bowles, who wrote the introduction to the book. and gave me a guided tour and briefing of the evening’s agenda.
Celebrating the accomplishments of Vogue’s most iconic contributors, The Editor’s Eye takes a look at the pivotal role of fashion editors like Polly Mellen, Babs Simpson, and Grace Coddington have had in Vogues 120 year history. Its full of iconic photographs by Irving Penn, Annie Leibovitz, and Richard Avedon and such muses as Marilyn Monroe as there subjects.
Eagerly making my way around the room to purchase my copy to be signed, I had a quick elbow brush with Simon Doonan as Vogue TV was interviewing him. In private settings such as this I was sure to score a signed copy from the entire editorial team behind the publication. In a room full of fashion lovers how could one not marvel at the fashionistas such as Georgina Chapman donning a gorgeous cocktail dress and a flawless face.
Finally making my way to Grace Coddington, I was ready and astute to listen to her take on the book as well as to get my autographed copy. Grace was more than pleasant to speak with me, and even asked me if I was going to take an Instagram photo. I replied “Yes”. I was already prepared to and I guess she might have imagined that by my perched Iphone in hand. Thank goodness for the girls from Fashionista.com for being there to take the photo of Grace and I, nothing like a fellow Iphone buddy.
As I walked around the room and sipped some more, the faces just kept popping up, Grace Coddington! Tonne Goodman! Phyllis Posnick! Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele! Derek Lam! Joseph Altuzarra! Barneys’ own Mark Lee, Daniella Vitale! Tomoko Ogura! Carolyn Murphy! Maria Cornejo! Caroline Trentini! Hilary Rhoda! Erin O’Connor! Frédéric Malle! and Patrick Demarchelier! This could seem sort of intimidating to a person but I began to just revel and soak it all in.
Circling my way back around to the Vogue magazine creative, Grace Coddington, I casually asked a few more questions as I flipped through the the pages. Grace exemplified that passion and perseverance were the fuel for consistent innovation.
~Jae Joseph (contributing editor)
View “The Editors Eye” book signing party gallery below.