21 February 2010

Fashion Issues

The September Issue is being released this Tuesday on dvd and digital download. For those who may have seen the fashion documentary in its limited release last fall (in select cities including Pittsburgh,) this now also includes never-been-seen footage almost as long as the film itself.

Think The Devil Wears Prada, but with Anna Wintour playing Anna Wintour. I thought it gave a pretty honest behind-the-scenes view of Vogue. The two unexpected surprises for me: the heavy influence of creative director Grace Coddington, who clearly is the artistic mastermind behind most of the pages of Vogue. And Anna's appreciation for color in the shoots and during her critique of some collections. She does have impeccable taste. I love the Tolix chairs in her office, her ikat print dress, and her comments that are spot on, if not brutally honest.

The biggest take away is not as much glamour but more aspiration: Vogue is in the business of selling fashion, and it packages just that with this Issue.

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