Cecil Beaton is known for being an Academy Award-winning costume designer, respected photographer, artist and set designer.
In Love Cecil, director Lisa Immordino Vreeland brings us a look at Beaton’s life and work – through archival footage, interviews with those who worked closely with Beaton and photographs along with voice over from Beaton’s famed diaries…
Directed by Pietra Brettkell, Yellow Is Forbidden is a new documentary about Guo Pei, a brave fashion designer chasing her dream of being crowned haute couture. The massive challenge for her is that she comes from China, the knock-off capital of the world…
I love stories about people chasing their dreams, however massive the challenge. I myself haven’t the patience, let alone the talent to be a fashion designer. As such, the people who do it well are always interesting to me.
I’m looking forward to this because I remember staring at Rihanna’s 2015 Met Gala outfit in great appreciation of the artistry and spectacle.
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 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 plus 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.
Killing Gunther is a new action comedy starring Arnold Schwarzenegger that I really want to see. Written, directed by and co-starring Taran Killam, Arnie plays the world’s greatest assassin who’s working to make sure that all the eccentric assassins fed up with him and focused on trying to kill him do not succeed…
I don’t remember the last time I saw Arnie looking this stylish and happy in a movie. I definitely like it.
A quick question… at some point during and after watching this trailer, did you also get a sudden urge to grab your neck? I’m grabbing mine right now and every few minutes as I type this post. In case you don’t know what I’m talking about, go ahead and rewind the video back to 1:44.
Fingers crossed that Killing Gunther turns out well because I’m always in the mood for a promising comedy that no one expected.
Allison Tolman, Bobby Moynihan and Aaron Yoo also star.
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.