The September Issue (2009)
Anna, Grace, ALT – follow the star editors into the depths of Condé's plush, carpeted offices as they put together Vogue’s vaunted fall fashion issue in a process that is, regardless of its connection to fashion, a dizzying display of coordination and production. Whether you love Wintour or or hate her, this is required viewing.
I Am Love (2009)
Technically, this drama tracing the disintegration of a rich Milanese family has nothing to do with fashion. But, oh, the clothes, the cinematography, the music, and the Tilda! Fashion may not be the subject, but thanks to stars Tilda Swinton and Luca Guadagnino, glamour and style are always present (and yes, Waris makes an appearance, too).
L’Amour Fou (2010)
A study of Yves Saint Laurent’s fashionable, troubled life as seen through his relationship with his creative and romantic partner of many years, Pierre Berge. It’s as effective a study of a great designer and his luxe lifestyle as it is an intimate, understated tearjerker and heartwarming love story.
This silent movie (as well as its star, the heartbreaking Clara Bow) launched the very concept of the It Girl – that young, spritely femme who has more je ne sais quoi appeal than she can handle. In this case, the lady is a plucky (if not monomaniacal) shop girl sporting adorable (and surprisingly timeless) flapper fashions.
Bill Cunningham New York (2010)
Step inside the life (and teeny, tiny apartment) of a true Manhattan eccentric and the shutterbug whose “On The Street” column for The New York Times did more for street-style photography than the Sartorialist and Tommy Ton put together. Entirely inspiring for anyone with ambition or vision.
Photos, clockwise from upper left: I Am Love; Magnolia Pictures, L'Amour Fou; IFC Entertainment, The September Issue; Roadside Attractions, It; Paramount Pictures.
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