With her signature fiery mane, Coddington became a household name in the 2009 documentary The September Issue, in which she managed an unfathomable feat: She upstaged Anna Wintour.
Following the publication of her memoir, Grace, Coddington announced that she was stepping down as creative director of Vogue after 25 years at the magazine. Now creative director at large of Conde Nast, Coddington is able to style several Vogue shoots a year around the world, as well as pursue other projects.
One of these side gigs is the launch of her first fragrance, Grace by Grace Coddington. Obsessed with persian cats, Coddington designed a bottle inspired by her favorite animal, and a campaign shot illustrated by the stylist. (She's already featured illustrated cats in one of her books, The Catwalk Cats, and one her limited-edition series of Balenciaga bags in 2012.)
"I've designed a lot of fragrance bottles," said her friend Fabien Baron, whose company, Baron & Baron, designed Coddington's bottle, "but this is the first cat." Well, there are a lot of cats in the park, as New York Times' Matthew Schneider notes: Katy Perry already has feline bottles for her fragrances.
"That really upset me," Coddington said, looking at Perry's glitzy kitty. "I think this is ... I hope it's kind of refined."
The fragrance was developed in partnership with Comme des Garcons Parfums, which has worked on celebrity scents for the likes of Pharrell Williams and Daphne Guinness.
What does it smell like? Moroccan roses (a fond childhood memory for Coddington), peach blossom, white musk, and amber.
Grace by Grace Coddington, 1.7 fl. oz., $110 (3.4 fl. oz., $145), available April 19 at Dover Street Market New York (at Dover Street Market Tokyo, London, and Beijing shortly after) and Coddington's new website, GraceCoddington.com