I wanted to see this movie since it came out in 2009. It was impossible as it wasn’t shown in cinemas in Poland nor came out on DVD. But thanks to my best friend who owns it, I got a copy only recently and saw it twice. First time I just watched and dreamed. For the second time I took it to pieces and learned (quite a lot actually).
The movie, or rather a documentary, shows a long process of putting together the biggest issue of Vogue (and any monthly magazine) and the action (if we can call it like that) takes place in 2007, starting during Mercedes Benz NY Fashion Week. We learn that it takes approximately five (!) months and consists of a lot of aspects, all of which are consulted and personally supervised by Anna Wintour.
But – from the beginning – I love the opening of the movie in which Anna Wintour says: ” I think what i often see it that people are frighteened about fashion. Because it scares them or make them feel insecure they just put it down. On the whole people that may say, the meanny things about our world I think that’s usually because they feel, in some ways, excluded or, you know, not a part of ‘the cool group’ so as a result they just mock it.” It geniuely applies to every aspect of our lives – we fight what sceares us, put ourselves in defensive position while sometimes there’s no need to. And then we also hear Anna basically repeating herself: “There is something about fashion that can make people very nervous”.
Whole documentary contains a lot of interesting and insightfull interviews with Vogue main staff, designers and even Anna’s daughter.
Candy Pratts Price (creative fashion director) says that “it’s a church and Anna’s a pope” and continueing that “Vogue is a bible in fashion world” what ultimately becomes the keynote of the movie. Alongside the statement that “September is the January in fashion”.
We learn (or rather confirm ourselves in the belief) that what Anna says and thinks ultimately becomes ‘it’, a trend (“- It’s texture!, – Well, not for Anna.”). Seasons ago she put furs back in fashion, in this documentary we learn how jackets became ultimate clothing for AW 07/08. Also we find out that she credits growing up in London in 60s for her love of fashion, that she dislikes black colour, that she gives advices to biggest designers before fashion weeks and that September Issue is all about unique stories.
From what we can see in ‘September Issue”, I think that Anna’s ‘nickname’ – Ice Woman – is well exaggerated. She’s a very busy woman, extremly professional, doing her business. She doesn’t need to be particulary nice and friendly with everyone, and she says what she thinks and is stubborn and adamant (all features which make her who she is now – most influential person in fashion industry). Yet when shot with her daughter she seems to be really nice person, actually quite warm.
Absolutely highlight of the movie, hilarious quote (for me) was told by Bee Shaffer (Anna’s daughter) if she’s ever gonna work in the industry: “It’s a really weird industry to me and it’s just not for me. She wanted me to be an editor (…) I would never want to take it seriously. Some of the people in there act like fashion is life. It’s just… really amusing and you can make fun of them but that to be your career… it’s just… you know… there’re other things out there, I think.”
However the best quote from professional point of view (if you wish to work in fashion) is probably one said by Grace Coddington (creative director): “you have to demand because otherwise you’re gonna be left blamed. Don’t be too nice (…), honestly, because you’ll lose.” And she continues that you have to make yourself important and irreplaceable.
Also during the almost 1,5 hour long documentary we learn how Anna helped Thakoon booked Gap designers line, how she makeed everyone nervous about closing the issue and how cover photoshoot of Sienna Miller by Mario Testino almost ended up as a disaster (and many more!).
This movie is simply a must-see for everyone who wants to force his way through to the top (or somewhere near it 😉 ).
I know I promised you some more information and photos from Haute Couture shows, but yesterday (and partly today) I was haunted by… Harry Potter.
I watched the live world premiere from Trafalgar Square and it absolutely blowned my mind. I’ve been a fan since I can remember really. I grow up with the books and watching them beeing filmed as I am the same age as the main cast. I was such a geek fan that I even run a website and contributed to others for about 3 or 4 years few years back. I knew almost everything about Harry Potter. By the time I grow up I started to have a lot other things to do and think about, but I still remember quite a lot wizardry things.
I have to say, I watched live premieres for four previous movies and this one was so different. Even though WB didn’t bring us dragons nor dementors this time, it was much wilder this time around. Thousends and thousends of people (can you believe some of them camped there for 3 days?!) from all over the world gathered at the Trafalgar and Laicester Squares to see the cast for the very last time.
I was laughing and crying for about four hours live stream. So beautiful, moving and emotional. And it really felt like an end of the era. It actually felt like the end of my childhood and teens. Expecially after watching THIS part (a must-see!). So, so sad.
And now my favourite (female) looks from the premiere. Enjoy!
Emma Watson in Oscar de la Renta gown, Chopard earrings, a Boodles ring and silver Giuseppe Zanotti heels:
Can you id this jacket? Would be such a perfect piece in my wardrobe.. X
Emma Watson at the after party in Ellie Saab dress, Chopard earrings, a Boodles ring and silver Giuseppe Zanotti heels:
Bonnie Wright in Miu Miu dress, Miu Miu heels, Prada clutch:
Helena Bonham-Carter (I always adore her style – so quirky and unique):
And my very favourite photo from the premiere: 🙂
I have had a girl cruch on Mila Kunis since I saw her playing Lily in Black Swan… all those promotional shoots and editorials around the time of the movie promotion. Priceless! And I trurly adore her casual style (who else can look that sexy and chic in sweatpants? and who can rock simple jeans and a white t-shirt combo?) as well as her red carpet choices. Also her brown locks makes me wanna go brunette again.
She haven’t graced any cover in a while so I was so happy to see her at Flare sneak peak from upcoming August issue (I know this news is about 3 days old but I am still just making up for lost, exam time!).
(Lanvin dress, Le Vian earrings, Pamela Love and Cartier bracelets; shot by Tony Duran)
This sneak peak (can’t wait for the whole editorial!) comes with her new movie, comedy co-starring Justin Timberlake, Friends with Benefits (out July 22nd). Which I’m def going to watch!