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I am sure you have been wondering what has happened to OfTheNow, it may have seemed that we have abandoned you, but I assure nothing could be further from the truth! OfTheNow is better than ever before with a new look and new address, yes that’s right we have moved! Please update your readers, RSS feeds and blog rolls to http://ofthenow.ca

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Saving Grace Indeed

Grace Coddington Image via wwd.com

Grace Coddington is penning her memoirs. Grace who? You might ask, well you might ask if you don’t scour the mastheads of fashion magazines or you haven’t seen the documentary The September Issue.

Most self-respecting fashion fans have seen the flick, but if  by chance you haven’t seen it, or don’t know what it is, it is a documentary detailing what goes on during the production cycle of Vogue‘s September Issue.

Vogue September 2007 Cover

And Grace Coddington, Vogue’s creative director, stole the show from infamous editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour, with her charm and creative eye. Viewers of the film were left with a warm and fuzzy feeling towards Coddington, many even commenting that Coddington is the true vision behind American Vogue. But that is a discussion for another time…

Grace Coddington & Anna Wintour image via THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE

Coddington will be collaborating on her auto-biography with former men’s Vogue editor-in-chief Jay Fielden.

“We’re just starting, and I think it’s going to be a really fun project,” she told WWD, adding: “I’m hoping it’s going to be very rich in fashion history. It’s more than just about me.”

If you wondered how a skinny fashion obsessed teenager from Wales, who would wait patiently for her Vogue magazine to arrive (often three months out-of-date because she lived miles away from any designer boutiques and had to order it in) transitioned from fashion model, to stylist, to creative director of the arguably the world’s mist influential fashion magazine, this is the book for you.

Grace Coddington in her modeling days

Coddington also discusses modeling in the sixties, the car accident that her in need of plastic surgery to reconstruct one of her eyelids and effectively ended her modeling career. But as we all know Coddington’s career in fashion far from ended, in fact she ascended to levels most of us only dream of.

This is a book we will wait patiently for, as patiently as Coddington herself waiting for her Vogues all those years ago.  The release date is set for fall 2010, which is just around the corner.

REMINDER!!! THE SELBY IS HERE!!!

Hi All

Just a quick note: Todd Selby is here TODAY!

Don’t forget to make your way to the Bloor St Holt Renfrew between noon and 1:30pm to meet him, buy a book, and maybe even get it signed!

The Invited Peeping Tom: The Selby Is In Your Place

© The Selby

As some of you know I was in NYC a few weeks ago, and on my little escapade I picked up The Selby book, but what you don’t know is this is my kind of porn! The Selby book, as The Selby website does, plays Peeping Tom into the homes and lives of people we want to know about.

Now if I was in NYC a few weeks ago, why has it taken me so long to finally get to this? Not because I was avoiding, but because I wanted to take my time pouring over the pages and devouring as much as I could  of the over 40 homes and people Selby photographed before I turned it over to you lovely ones. Like I said, this is my kind of porn.

First off let me say, the first page of the book is a page of stickers, which equals an immediate 10 points.

© The Selby

The hard cover book titled The Selby Is in Your Place was conceived when fashion and interiors photographer, Todd Selby (bless his soul) started taking snaps of people in their homes, musicians, fashion folk, surfers, you name it, if they are interesting they are in the book.

But Selby doesn’t take the staged/propped shots magazines do when they profile people in their homes. He takes intimate shots of their tchotchkes, pets, gardens, shoes, closets, bathrooms with the toilet seat up, and basically all things that make them the individuals that they are.

© The Selby Helena Christensen in her to die for kitchen

But he isn’t taking photos of a la lifestyles of the rich and famous, it’s not a book filled with lavish boudoirs and hallways that seem to go on for miles and miles. The people and places are real, famous or not, rich or not, there is something mesmerizing about each and everyone of them.

This book is every voyeur and exhibitionist’s dream, it’s a true peak into the lives of others.

© The Selby. Photographer Retts Wood in her houseboat in London, which happens to be Todd Selby's favourite home in this book

It’s as if Selby isn’t even there, like the photographs somehow magically took themselves and they just are. He also annotates the photographs with little hand-written notes and drawings about what things are, where they were found, or who made them.

Another fun little peak into the lives of others is the mini-hand-written questionnaires Selby gives his subjects, with questions like “What are your 8 favourite things to collect?” and “Who is your favourite Garbage Pail Kid?” Not so typical questions, but this is not your typical interiors type of book.

© The Selby

When you read through it and devour the pages like I did, prepare to spend countless hours day dreaming about Todd Selby in your place, or dreaming you lived in the homes of people like potter/interior designer Jonathan Adler and Barney’s creative director Simon Doonan (they have a brass Hermès sign above their toilet), or model/fashion designer Erin Wasson (her dining room table/desk will have you salivating at the mouth),or uber cool Purple Magazine editor, Olivier Zahm‘s collection of books and colgne.

© The Selby Jonathan Adler and Barney's creative director Simon Doonan's home

© The Selby. Erin Wasson in her living/dining room

I could keep naming amazing people with amazing places in the book, but I won’t, because you should just go out and get it!

Oh and Todd Selby, sorry I couldn’t critiques the book, I just love it too much.

PS If you happen to live in Toronto and love this as much as I do, Todd Selby will be signing books at the Bloor St Holt Renfrew June 16 from 12:o0 pm-1:30 pm.