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...
It’s easy for us to be “simply mad” about Diana Vreeland, because she was, in her own words, “simply mad about everything!” The inimitable spirit of the late fashion icon infuses every inch of the fashion documentary Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel.
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.
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)?
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.