WHAT A FEL INE !

Harper's Bazaar (Singapore) - - STYLENEWS THE - By Ger­ald Tan

Grace Cod­ding­ton brings her love for an­i­mals to Louis Vuit­ton in a spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tion that’s sure to put a smile on the face.

To say that Grace Cod­ding­ton is one of fash­ion’s most re­spected and b e l ove d f i g u re s is an un­der­state­ment. Dur­ing the course of a cel­e­brated ca­reer that has spanned five decades and counting, the Cre­ative-Direc­torat-large has or­ches­trated many beau­ti­ful images that com­bine ro­man­ti­cism and sto­ry­telling into one visu­ally rich nar­ra­tive. Cod­ding­ton’s cre­ative streak is also ev­i­dent in her quirky il­lus­tra­tions, each one boast­ing a sense of hu­mour and wit as spir­ited as her head of flam­ing red hair.

The other thing Cod­ding­ton is fa­mous for? Her love for cats.“Do I dream pre­dom­i­nantly about fash­ion? No. I dream much more about cats,” the 77-year-old once said. Cod­ding­ton’s draw­ings of her furry com­pan­ions have ap­peared in mag­a­zines and her own mem­oir—they were even the sub­ject of a tonguein-cheek tome con­cep­tu­alised by the stylist. Now, Cod­ding­ton’s feline il­lus­tra­tions are ready for their next big fash­ion close-up, turn­ing up on the cat­walk of Louis Vuit­ton’s cruise 2019 show as a se­ries of clutches that take the form of their adorable like­ness. Ti­tled Catogram, the col­lab­o­ra­tion was three years in the mak­ing. Cod­ding­ton de­signed the cap­sule col­lec­tion of leather goods, ac­ces­sories, shoes and ready-to-wear pieces along­side friend and close col­lab­o­ra­tor, Ni­co­las Gh­esquière. His ca­nine com­pan­ion, Léon, also ap­pears along­side Cod­ding­ton’s car­toony de­pic­tion of her two cats, Pump­kin and Blan­ket, ei­ther bound­ing across or laz­ing amidst the brand’s fa­mous mono­gram print. Why do you like cats? You’re ei­ther a cat per­son or a dog per­son and, in my case, I’m a cat per­son. I usu­ally find I don’t like peo­ple who don’t like an­i­mals—it doesn’t mat­ter whether it’s cats, or dogs, or horses, or mice, or guinea pigs, al­though I like for birds to be wild. It’s tragic g to see a bird in a cage, only fluttering around a few square feet… There’s some­thing rather weird about peo­ple who like birds in cages.

What in­spires your il­lus­tra­tions of cats?

I’ve been draw­ing cats for a long time: I did a whole book in­spired by my cats, The Cat­walk Cats! So I pulled out their char­ac­ters again—Baby was al­ways fat, Henri was al­ways chunky; Coco was the thinnest of all cats, she was Coco Chanel, the fash­ion cat.They all have their own char­ac­ter, and that’s what I il­lus­trate.

What do you like about Ni­co­las’ dog, Léon?

Well, I first met him when he was a puppy, al­ways knock­ing things over with his tail, and I liked him very much. I was hav­ing trouble draw­ing him be­cause he’s to­tally black and was dis­ap­pear­ing into the Mono­gram, but we worked to make him shiny so that he’d stand out against the matte. Dogs are more like cats when they’re pup­pies, so I drew Léon when he was a puppy.

The col­lec­tion in­cludes a broad range of hand­bags, ac­ces­sories and ready-to-wear. How did you de­cide what to in­clude? I was al­ways think­ing of my­self—what would I want if I were a client? For ex­am­ple, I would re­ally need an um­brella in case it were rain­ing cats and dogs… And I was des­per­ate to have a blan­ket printed with [an il­lus­tra­tion of] Blan­ket, my m cat. I even made a trunk—but it’s a soft trunk that you y can lift and since I love draw­ing, it con­tains bags each e filled with crayons, pen­cils and pa­per… All things t con­nected with what I’d like to do if I were to go on a pic­nic. I have a table­cloth, a few stools… My py­ja­mas to wear so s that I’d be com­fort­able. ■

Clock­wise C from top: Clutch, $2,810; bag, $4,250; clutch, cl $4,250; clutch, $2,810; bag, $6,250,Louis Lo Vuit­ton. The col­lec­tion de­buted on the cruise 2019 run­way. ru OP­PO­SITE: Cod­ding­ton’s iconic back­view, as lensed by ac­claimed pho­tog­ra­pher Craig McDean

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