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Fashion on Film: Movie Review, Dior and I

We all know who Dior is. The ostensible “I” in the film Dior and I is Raf Simons. We are introduced to Simons, as he takes over the House of Dior in Paris as creative director in 2012. He hails from Jil Sander, where he had created austere minimalist menswear for the commercial market since 2005. In his new role at Dior, Simons is presented as the opposite of its founder: Simons is ready-to-wear to Dior’s couture, minimalist to the master's baroque style, modern to Dior's reactionary sensibility. How will the new leader of the house bear the weight of the huge tradition of Dior, yet infuse the line with his own vision? Will he be able to pull it off...

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Fashion on Film: Movie Review, The September Issue

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.

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Fashion on Film: Movie Trivia, The Devil Wears Prada

If you’re a fashion junkie like us, you probably loved the film The Devil Wears Prada. And what’s not to love? They had us at Prada, really! But there’s so much more about the film that’s pure evil genius. The movie’s both a classic summer comedy and a salacious sneak-peak into the glamour-filled world of high fashion. Then, there are the quotable lines delicious enough to satisfy the inner bitch in all of us. And let’s not forget the costuming straight off the runway, or the storyline complete with a good-girl-reigns-victorious ending. Oh, and did we fail to mention the wicked perfection that is Meryl Streep as the devil herself (or Anna Wintour, as it were)?

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Fashion on Film: Movie Review, Queen of Versailles

The 2008 banking crisis had one unlikely benefactor. Filmmaker Lauren Greenfeld was in the midst of making a documentary about a billionaire couple, Jacqueline and David Siegel, endeavoring to build the largest house in America in Orlando, FL. The monstrosity modeled after Versailles was to come complete with 26,000 square feet, 17 bathrooms, 10 kitchens, a bowling alley, sushi bar, full-size baseball field and five million dollars worth of marble. That film probably would have had the limited appeal of a Bravo television reality series with audiences gasping at the subjects’ “let them eat cake” attitude. But when the real-estate bubble burst, Greenfeld kept the cameras rolling and the resulting film shows the time-share tycoon’s cheap money drying up, construction on the mansion...

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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.

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