I've been disappointed... the documentary was tasteless, full of stereotypes about the fashion industry.
Then, I decided to watch The September Issue, the documentary filming Anna Wintour and Vogue America team everyday before the launch of the most important issue of Vogue NY of the year : the September magazine.
THIS was truly interesting. You see every step of the making of the issue, the shoots, the meetings, the inspirations, the perfectionism of Anna Wintour, how she visualizes each page of the magazine.
Oh yes, you realize that Devil Wears Prada is not that much a legend (and if you have seen it, definitely you should watch The September Issue to make the comparison!)... Wintour is tough. But Wintour is tough in a stupid way. She is a hard-worker, desiring to publish every month a piece of art, always telling new stories, trying to propose something new every 30 days. You see how much she influences every part of the fashion industry and how much her opinion counts for designers.
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.Just because you like to put on a beautiful Carolina Herrera dress or a pair of J Brand blue jeans instead of something basic from K-Mart it doesn't mean that you're a dumb person.There is something about fashion that can make people really nervous.
On the other hand, besides she argues against what fashion "haters" tell about this industry, just one scene in the movie, she says something that touched me. Mentioning her brothers and sister's work (Patrick Wintour, political editor in The Guardian, James and Nora Wintour have worked in London local government and for international non-governmental organizations respectively, her sister is very implied in Africa's cause), that they surely think that what she does is "amusing". When she says that, we feel that she loves fashion with passion and on the other hand she knows how it is compared to other world's issues...
I also loved this movie because I could finally discover Grace Coddington, Vogue U.S creative director and close collaborator of Anna Wintour, how much she is inspiring, passionate, visionary, creative and how she defends her ideas of aesthetics in front of the lion queen Anna.
Now, I know that my next reading will definitely be this :
And you, did you see Mademoiselle C? The September Issue? What did you like/or not about it?