Saturday, October 6, 2012

TOP 5 Quintessential Fashion Movies #TLLBLND

Top 5 quintessential films on fashion. What does this mean? There are many lists available detailing for the reader a quick overview of the top 10, or top 25 films on fashion. If the real business of fashion is a serious fetish for you, or just curious to learn what the fuss is about, I have assembled, in no particular order, the absolute top 5 films that will provide an inside peek into this creative, yet crazy world.  For those of us in the know, it is a celebration. For you newbies it is a well-rounded tutorial for your entertainment pleasure:

"The Devil Wears Prada", 2006 Comedy/Drama/Romance
Meryl Streep
Anne Hathaway
Emily Blunt

A newly graduated journalist seeks employment only to find the one offer scored is to be the personal assistant to a very demanding uber luxury fashion magazine editor in New York City. This job is one that "a million girls would kill for".
Wonderfully entertaining movie very loosely based on the persona of ice-queen herself Anna Wintour, Editor-in-Chief VOGUE-US. You will see more than Prada. There are fur fashions, handbags, shoes and accessories abound. TRIVIA-Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep) wore actual high-end vintage jewelry. A real Valentino Paris runway show was added to the story as it was showing simultaneously to this film shoot.

"Bill Cunningham New York", 2010 Documentary/Biography
Bill Cunningham
Anna Wintour

Bill Cunningham, the original Sartorialist! Follow this 80-year old New York Times fashion photo journalist while he travels on his bicycle documenting street fashion in New York City. This charming documentary shares Bill's stories in the 30+ years of his travels along with the delightfully eccentric people he has befriended. Bill has such a keen artistic eye he sees a fashion trend emerging before designers even feel the pulse. Bill now has a special place in my heart.

"The September Issue", 2009 Documentary
Anna Wintour
Cameos: Oscar de la Renta, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Karl Lagerfeld, Vera Wang, John Galiano

The tagline to this film is "Fashion is a religion. This is the Bible." The September issue of Vogue Magazine-US is always long awaited throughout the year as the mainstay of American fashion. You will see the chronicling of how a magazine is assembled. What makes this documentary film riveting are all the high profile personalities in the haute couture industry. Real eye candy-

"Prêt-à-Porter" (Ready To Wear), 1994 Comedy/Drama (nudity)
Kim Basinger
Sophia Loren
Julia Roberts

Total fiction, very funny and a bit naughty...Okay a lot naughty. All the inner workings of putting on a fashion show in Paris, Everything goes wrong, everything goes right, intrigue, murder, obsessions, black male, supermodels and of course clothes. Written and directed by Robert Altman with a cast list that is very generous. A who's who of Hollywood, fashion models and designers in their outrageous designs, petty jealousies and overt attacks will have you blushing, cackling and rolling your eyes in amazement.  The final runway show will take your breath away.

Sex and the City", 2008 Comedy/Drama/Romance
Sara Jessica Parker
Kim Cattrall
Kristin Davis
Cynthia Nixon

This may be more aptly titled "A Young Girls' Fantasy".Did you watch the television show 'Sex and the City? Then you must have seen this film, fans of this story line are absolutely rabid. It has however been accused of being nearly 2 and 3/4 hours of commercial product placement but following the romance antics of 4 women "on the make", clad in their fanciful street wear in New York City is quite amusing with mindlessly titillating.

"Blow Dry", 2001 Comedy/Drama/Romance (nudity)
Alan Rickman
Heidi Klum
Josh Hartnett

~Honorable Mention~
This film earns its place among fashion movies. A British hair style competition in the outskirts of London will have you laughing, crying, cheering and sighing. Admittedly actor Alan Rickman is a favorite of mine among the acting elite. Are you a fan of HBO's "Six Feet Under"? Rachel Griffiths (Brenda Chenowyth) beams her own light in the final scene of the Total Look round of this championship. Is her stunningly original design enough for the win? Heidi Klum gives a wonderful performance complete with a hairdo that is not necessarily on her head. <wink wink> This film rarely makes it to the fashion movie list but you will thank me for the recommendation. The hairstyles are stunning and inspirational.

After watching all six of my fashion fliks you will have earned the crown and bestowed upon you honorary degree of FASHIONISTA at the end of your name!


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