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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The September Issue

Vogue magazines CFO must be thanking the makers of “The September Issue” for a spike in sales in a time when consumers are favouring Kmart over High Street fashion!

I had a girl’s night out to watch this documentary feature film that follows the day-to-day adventures of American Vogue Editor-in-Chief, Anna Wintour as she runs a tornado through the world of fashion.

The start of the film hooked me in with high energy music (fantastic soundtrack http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtqGoHouoE0), big fashion parades and high end glamour. Six-foot models stormed their way down the cat walk as Anne Wintour and her entourage looked on to scout the outfits for the upcoming season.

It’s apparent early on that Anna Wintour is a force to be reckoned with – her razor haircut and piercing glare reduce many of her staff to a mumbling mess and she makes Meryl Streep’s character in “The Devil Wears Prada” look like a pussy cat.

It’s thanks to Creative Director Grace Coddington that we find one person in the Vogue office capable of holding their ground with the infallible Wintour. Coddington is a creative genius and Wintour knows it. I was mesmerized throughout the documentary by the beauty of Coddington’s work and the ease in which she translates her magical ideas into a successful photo shoot. http://gawker.com/5344335/how-grace-coddington-stole-the-september-issue-from-anna-wintour

Without Coddington the movie would lack depth and a human element. Her honesty about Wintour "We have a real mutual respect for each other, even though sometimes I feel like killing her.” The rawness of her character gives us something real to hold onto while Editor-at-Large, Andre Leon, plays tennis with a diamond-encrusted Piaget watch, Louis Vuitton beach towel and matching monogrammed bags. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esSJR57mKlc&feature=player_embedded

Even if you are only remotely interested in fashion I still think this movie is worth sparing 1 hour and 30 minutes of your life.

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