‘A Man Called Tinker Patterson’ Introduced Grace Coddington to Condoms

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From the Vogue creative director's forthcoming memoir: "Tinker invited me to spend the weekend in his delightful little rose-covered cottage in Kent ... I undressed, put on my nightie, pulled down the top sheet, and there, neatly laid out on the pillow like one of those little chocolate mints you find in boutique hotels nowadays, was a condom. 'What is this?' I wondered. I really hadn't a clue. Moments later, to my surprise, I was joined by Tinker carrying a steaming cup of cocoa and looking adorable in his stripy cotton pajamas. But his air was not that of someone about to read me a bedtime story."