“I love John, I think he’s brilliant,” she said. “He certainly intends to come back – when he’s ready. I hope he will return, but I don’t know. That’s a tough one to get over. That’s tougher than the Gucci people thinking they want a change of face.”
Coddington went onto to show her faith and confidence in another fashion pioneer who recently left the industry – Nicolas Ghesquière. The designer stepped down from his role at Balenciagain November and has since been replaced by “well-liked, confident, cute-looking” Alexander Wang.
“He will bide his time and come back,” she said of her friend Ghesquière. “He’s too brilliant to just disappear. He’s very passionate about what he does. He’s not caught up in fashion and celebrity at all. I don’t think he’s going to go off and become a sculptor like Helmut Lang, either.”
The fashion veteran also added to comments made in her recently-released memoir about the burgeoning numbers of fashion show attendees and the influx of front row bloggers.
“Anyone can be in the front row that the designer deems important enough to put in the front row,” she told The Huffington Post. “I used to find attending the shows so invigorating and exciting, but [now] you have to be there with blinders on – to cut out all the rubbish that’s going on around, where the focus seems to be more on the audience than on the clothes that go down the runway. Any old shit can go down the runway and they all sit there and clap.”
By Ella Alexander at Vogue Uk