Tuesday, April 13

The September Issue...

I saw The September Issue dvd in the Redbox machine recently and decided to rent it. It may surprise some of you, but I found it fascinating. For one thing, I like all things New York. For another, I do enjoy the occasional Vogue mag (liberal though it is). As a mom, my style is pretty paired down, but do like fashion (mostly classic pieces, nothing too crazy!) and enjoy shopping and developing my style. I really liked Anna Wintour's look in this documentary - very feminine and British Chic. It was really interesting to me that she could look so feminine, and yet be so condescending and difficult... not attitudes I would attribute to a feminine woman. I thought that she was compensating for a shy personality and at times seemed so sad (possibly because fashion is her life?). I enjoyed the scenes with Grace Coddington, the fashion editor, too!

Have any of you seen it? If you have, I'd love to hear your thoughts.

7 comments:

~Tessa~Scoffs said...

I just recently watched this movie too. I was struck by Ms. Wintour's granny chic outfits, which I loved. But it's curious to me that she pushes such extreme fashion in her magazine and then wears only updated classics herself. Grace Coddington was (to me) the most fascinating "artist" in the movie. I loved her vision and her heartbreak, when her projects were cut from the magazine's pages, was palpable.

helen said...

I also saw it recently! I LOVED Anna's shift dresses...she always dressed so stylishly and modestly. Pity the modesty thing doesn't carry into the magazine!

I also couldn't help being amazed at how neat her hair was. Not a stray hair to be found! She is so very polished externally, but I did find her very hard and ruthless.

I thought it was very interesting when her daughter was interviewed and she said she was absolutely not interested in a fashion career, because it was such a fake world! Wintour looked really disappointed when she said this.

I agree that Grace Coddington was the interesting one. Apparantly it took months for her to agree to be a part of the documentary, and I really think that she was the star because she was TOTALLY not what you'd expect to see in the Vogue office. A mane of long, wild red hair, little or no makeup, and seemingly uninterested in her own appearance at all! I think she wore black almost all the time. And she was the only one who dared to question the decisions of Wintour.

Courtney said...

I just saw this too! How funny! After I read The Devil Wears Prada a month or so ago, I heard about this documentary. I've actually never read Vogue, but seeing how an issue comes together was fascinating. I neither know nor care that much about cutting-edge fashion, but it drew me in!

I agree with your assessment about Anna Wintour. I also felt like her sense of importance was hugely inflated, and was kind of annoyed at everyone who pussy-footed around her. Yes, putting a magazine like Vogue together is a big job, but it's just a magazine, it's just fashion, and she's just a person like the rest of us!

I, too, also enjoyed Grace and had read reviews ahead of time that discussed how she stole the show from Wintour. It was interesting to see that play out. I agree with Helen that she looked like the last person you'd really expect to see at Vogue and I thought she was very much an artist. She reminded me in appearance and personality of a professor of dance I had in college. I felt for her in her struggles with Wintour.

Layla said...

Thanks for the recommendation! It is available on Netflix Watch Instantly, so I know what I will be doing one of these nights soon when my husband is locked away in his office preparing for final exams!

BJ said...

Does Fr. J. know he's lost you to Saks Fifth Avenue?

I tried to get him to take us to a church in NYC, but he opted for the NJ trip instead, but I'm not complaining, that was a lot of fun.

Anyway, you could serve to be the proverbial thorn in his side.

Michelle M. said...

I love "The Devil Wears Prada" so this is right up my alley. I am going to have to check it out.

~BA~ said...

I recently watched this with my Husband. I adored the movie and all the fashion included, but did find Anna Wintour both hard and sad as many of you have mentioned. I just loved watching the whole "September" book come together!

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