The twin pillars of Vogue magazine are Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour and Creative Director Grace Coddington. Their influence on fashion is no more apparent than in the magazine’s September Issue, traditionally the biggest, most highly anticipated issue of Vogue each year. The fashion documentary, The September Issue gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the 820-page issue in 2007 and how Wintour and Coddington, along with an army of staff, a seemingly endless budget and offices bursting at the seams with clothes, shoes, accessories and makeup, shepherd the formidable issue from conception to publication each year.
Fashion on Film: Movie Review, World’s Greatest Festivals: The Ultimate Guide to New York Fashion Week
The title World’s Greatest Festivals: The Ultimate Guide to New York Fashion Week is an overblown summary of what this fashion documentary is trying to be. It’s premise is two-fold: bring a slice of New York Fashion Week to the hoi polloi who couldn’t possibly get into the tents, and show that the celebrity-filled, party-going, paparazzi-posing scene surrounding fashion week is as crazy and rarified as one would expect.
Nary Manivong is a self-taught fashion designer trying to make it on a wing and a prayer to New York Fashion Week in the fashion documentary, Dressed. He has surmounted significant obstacles as a child, creating his first fashion collection as a teenager in his hometown, despite having been abandoned by his family at 14 and becoming homeless. Now, he finds himself faced with possibly an even bigger challenge: can he succeed in the cutthroat NYC fashion business where a designer is either “one order away from bankruptcy or mega-stardom”? It’s a compelling premise for a film and Manivong is a worthy subject. You want to lean into the designer’s soft voice, and figure out whether it’s Zen or melancholy...
Fashion Icon Carine Roitfeld looks chic in every frame of the fashion documentary, Mademoiselle C. She has that effortless, Parisian style that’s artful in its simplicity and inimitable in its elegance. At 58, she’s aging gracefully, while many of her American counterparts rely on help of the surgical kind. It’s easy to understand why she was the muse of Tom Ford, stylist for Photographer Mario Testino, and editor of Vogue Paris. What’s hard to understand is why little more about her seems worthy of a documentary.
It’s a significant moment in time: Vogue magazine’s celebrating its 120th anniversary. And Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour brings fashion editors, past and present, out from behind the pages of the tony fashion magazine for a photo shoot by Annie Liebovitz. The resulting image appears in the 2012 September issue, and shows a formidable group of women representing five-plus decades of fashion editors from the magazine, including Grace Coddington, Tonne Goodman, Polly Allen Mellen, Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele, Camilla Nickerson, Phyllis Posnick and Babs Simpson. The fashion documentary, In Vogue: The Editor’s Eye, showcases these industry leaders, who are celebrated for their inimitable fashion spreads for Vogue and who Wintour calls the magazine’s “secret weapons”.