31 Aug, 2009
Film in Review: “The September Issue”
Posted by: Cocoa Bella In: Videos
This friday, I had the extreme pleasure of viewing J. Cutler’s “The September Issue”– a documentary on the intricacies of putting together the most anticipated fashion-rag issue of the year at VOGUE. I knew the movie was going to be a hit, I could just feel it– and what’s more, right before I entered the theatre, I bump into none-other than fashion maverick ZAC POSEN. That truly made my day, he’s one of my favorite young, contemporary couture desingers. it’s almost like the fashion-gods were co-signing my efforts. I thoroughly enjoyed myself that evening– but I digress…
The film takes an intimate look inside the world of fashion as it revolves around the queen-bee: ANNA WINTOUR. Known for her icy demeanor and no-nonsense attitude, I was delighted to see a more vulnerable side of her. her daughter was briefly interviewed, and when asked if she wanted to enter the world of fashion, she staunchly said NO! She would rather be a lawyer. You could see the hurt in Anna’s eyes, as it is clear she would like her daughter to follow in her footsteps… More vulnerability on Anna’s side was seen when she claimed that her siblings find her line of work, “amusing”. Clearly, they do not take what she does seriously. I sympathized with her.
With appearances from Andre Leon Talley, Grace Coddington, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Thakoon, Karl Largerfeld and Sienna Miller this film satisfied a young fashionista’s hunger for a look into fashion behind-the-scenes. In my opinion, creative director Grace Coddington really stole the show with her funny quips, no-nonsense attitude towards Anna (yes, Anna!), and her own tragic life story. Grace was a rising star as a premiere model until she was in a terrible car accident taht scarred her face. She has been working for VOGUE for the last 40 years. The audience as able to sympathize with her, as she fought to get what she wanted into the pages of VOGUE despite locking heads with Anna on several issues. The camera followed her on photo shoots, and even into her home. I left the film, thinking about her and what she goes through on a daily basis.
Andre Leon Talley was funny and flamboyant as ever– but the film did leave me wanting to see more of him and his extravagence. Besides that, I think the film was very well put together. I left feeling a little more “in-the-know”, and a little more satisfied.Tweet