‘Wow, the whole of London is in here!’ says Grace Coddington, the 71-year-old model-turned-US Vogue fashion editor, in slight bewilderment at her book signing this afternoon. Grace has become the world’s high priestess of fashion since ‘The September Issue’, a brilliant documentary (2009) which went behind the scenes at American Vogue. The film revealed her to be Anna Wintour’s stoical, visionary right-hand-woman – in fact, she superseded Wintour as the star of the film. Now she has published her memoirs, which take us on a nostalgic journey back to when she arrived in London in the ‘60s and became a muse to hairdresser Vidal Sassoon. Remember that iconic five-point Sassoon hair-cut? He did that for Grace. The book follows her roles as fashion editor at British Vogue and later American Vogue, where she remains as creative director. Naturally, Time Out’s shopping team braved the stiletto-clad crowds of Browns in South Molton Street to get a moment with the lady herself, where she promptly signed a book for us and told us what she enjoyed about being back in London: ‘I love walking through the old streets, past my old haunts. It has changed so much.’ Would she ever ditch the Big Apple and move back? ‘I would move back but I’d live in the country,’ she says. Come back, Grace, come back! Maggie Davis
‘Grace: A Memoir’ by Grace Coddington is published by Random House, £25. For info, see randomhouse.co.uk.