The Gospel According to André is a new documentary about the former American editor-at-large of Vogue magazine, André Leon Talley. From the segregated American South to the fashion capitals of the world, The Gospel According to André Covers Talley’s life and career.
Directed by Kate Novack, The Gospel According to André features the likes of Vogue Magazine Editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, fashion designers Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs, and Valentino, fashion activist / model Bethann Hardison and shoe designer Manolo Blahnik.
I’m in because I’m quite curious about Mr. Talley. I also love love the artistry present in high fashion.
Manolo – The Boy Who Made Shoes For Lizards, the documentary about Manolo Blahnik, a.k.a. ’the best shoe-maker of the 20th and 21st centuries’ delivers an intimate portrait of the acclaimed shoe designer. I’d also describe it as relaxed viewing, especially considering the film’s idyllic and often dream-like look and feel. Your heart will not race as you watch. Well, except if the sight of very well designed high fashion shoes usually does that for you.
Through interviews, re-enactments, recent footage, and more, Manolo – The Boy Who Made Shoes For Lizards reveals Blahnik’s inspirations / muses (past and present), some of his collections and his design process from idea to finished shoe.
Some of the featured fans and friends of Blahnik include music / fashion / beauty superstar Rihanna, Vogue Magazine editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour, British supermodel Naomi Campbell and the late Isabella Blow – discoverer of Alexander McQueen, magazine editor and muse to hat designer Philip Treacy.
My favourite of all the people featured has to be late fashion photographer Cecil Beaton. His personality, based on the clips shown must have been very delightful indeed.
I had to watch this documentary because fashion is art and impressive creatives like Blahnik are infinitely intriguing to me. With that said, watch it for one or two surprising truths about Blahnik, if you’re anything like me and / or you adore fashion and very beautiful shoes.
House Of Z, the Sandy Chronopoulos directed documentary about the life and career of fashion designer Zac Posen is an interesting watch. Especially for those curious about the nature and challenges of working in the fashion industry as a designer.
Featuring video footage of a young Posen’s early life and interviews with his collaborators, family and friends, House Of Z does an adequate job of painting a clear picture that shows us more than just the creations that speak of Posen’s undeniable talent. We learn about just how instrumental the support of his family was in his early success. We also learn about what went wrong, Posen’s eventual fall from grace followed by an update of what the designer is doing now.
If you’ve seen one or more fashion films or documentaries, you can probably guess that the classic battle between art and commerce is covered in this film. The general rule being that bad things happen when that relationship isn’t managed well.
House of Z is not a perfect documentary – in part because some of the editing early on in the film felt quite awkward. But should you be curious enough, watch it for Posen’s artistry – the magnificent dresses and the cautionary tale about the relationship between art plus commerce and finding success at a young age.
The part of House Of Z that I enjoyed most is of course when I got to look at Posen’s truly breathtaking early designs, just as the fashion world was beginning to pay attention. I also liked the beautiful words of Joseph Campbell at the end about ‘following your bliss’.
Written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread starring Daniel Day Lewis and Lesley Manville is a drama set in the fashion world of 1950s London. Lewis plays a dress-maker commissioned to design for members of high society and the royal family…
I’d basically given up on the possibility of a new Daniel Day Lewis film. Especially since he announced his retirement from acting earlier this summer. Clearly he must shot this movie before then because he doesn’t seem like the kind of man to announce something like retirement and not absolutely mean it. I could of course be wrong. As for this trailer, I really like the way it builds into something I didn’t quite expect and I cant wait to savour every single second of the last Daniel Day Lewis performance.
House of Z is a new documentary about the life and career of fashion designer Zac Posen…
Why do I want to watch it? For the art, of course! I do also want to learn about the man, the designer and the unfortunate predicaments that can result out of the eternal struggle between art and commerce.
Manolo – The Boy Who Made Shoes For Lizards is a new Michael Roberts directed documentary about Manolo Blahnik, the man regarded by those who know as ‘the best shoe-maker of the 20th and 21st centuries’. Roberts’s film offers an in-depth portrait of Blahnik, the self confessed ‘cobbler’ whose work is adored by the likes of Anna Wintour, Naomi Campbell, Rihanna, Iman – to name just a few…
To say that I’m shoe obsessed would be a lie, but I am ever curious about creative people and I’ll watch this to take in the beauty and art of Blahnik’s designs.
There are three key reasons to see director Andrew Rossi’s documentary about the planning and organisation of 2015’s MET Gala,a.k.a. one of fashion’s most prestigious annual events. Reason one is the beautiful pieces of clothing designed by the likes of Alexander McQueen, Yves Saint Laurent, Karl Lagerfeld, John Galliano and Jean-Paul Gaultier. If like myself you have an appreciation for the art and dedication that goes into creating extraordinarily beautiful clothing, plus you adore the sensory experience of it all, Watch The First Monday In May.
Reason number two is Anna Wintour. Who cannot be impressed by her? She’s arguably one of the most influential individuals in fashion; editor-in-chief of Vogue Magazine (for the last 28 years) and the woman responsible for overseeing the planning and organisation of the MET Gala. My curiosity about Wintour isn’t just because The Devil Wears Prada (2006) is based on her. I wanted to see her operate as I did in The September Issue (2009) and reflect on all it must have taken to reach her goals and maintain her position.
As for reason number three, I’ve never enjoyed event planning. That doesn’t mean I don’t have a good time watching other people do all the work and handle all the stresses, politics and deadlines that come with it. The First Monday In May has all of that, plus it’s well-paced, edited and accompanied by fitting tension building music.
I went into this documentary expecting a sizeable chunk of it to focus on Wintour, when in fact, the person whose ideas and overall vision form the theme and content of the exhibition – plus the overall look and feel is Andrew Bolton, Curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. Fret not however, for there’s still focus on Wintour as she goes about delegating, praising and calling out mediocre efforts where necessary.
To fashion, Anna Wintour, style, costume, MET Gala and art fans, etc. you know you have to watch. Plus there’s interesting conversation about whether fashion can really be taken seriously as art.
I’ve seen the 1961 Audrey Hepburn movie Breakfast At Tiffany’s once and I have to say that I found it somewhat sleep inducing. Nevertheless, as someone ever curious about the magic that makes brands hugely successful, the new ‘past to present’ documentary about Tiffany & Co. –Crazy About Tiffany’s appealed.
Directed by Matthew Miele and featuring the likes of Katy Couric, Jessica Biel and Jennifer Tilly, I was excited for a behind the scenes look at the brand, some of the challenges it has faced and any of the perhaps, ‘colourful’ stories that led to the company’s continued iconic status.
Truth be told, I thoroughly enjoyed the initial introductory violin music. It’s just unfortunate that said music also happens to be my favourite moment of the entire film.
The key issue I found with Crazy About Tiffany’s is that it feels more like an internal corporate video about the brand’s history/ achievements than a balanced documentary. Where’s all the talk of ethics, blood diamonds, other issues or controversies pertinent to the industry and business? All I heard was plenty of self praise and very little thorough analysis.
There was a momentary glimmer of hope when one of the talking heads used the word ‘dated’ and ‘old’ to describe their feelings about the brand. Sadly though, that thread went absolutely nowhere. Crazy About Tiffany’sis apparently fully authorised by Tiffany & Co. That therein explains the lack of balance. I’m still surprised that the brand approved the documentary considering the low quality animated graphics.
Overall, if you’re after a great, balanced documentary about Tiffany & Co., I’d have to say this isn’t it. But if you’re after something along the lines of an internal self-praising corporate video that may or may not be shown to new hires at the business, why not start here?
For those like myself who are often too curious for their own good as well as those unlike myself who are jewellery / Tiffany obsessed, see Crazy About Tiffany’s on iTunes, Vimeo On Demand… Just don’t say I didn’t warn you.