Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Late Critique of The September Issue


I know everyone has weighed in on The September Issue, but I just saw it and feel the need to discuss...having every intention of seeing it in the theaters but waited too long and then it was too late. I have read so many articles and blog posts about it but honestly, nothing can scratch the surface of this amazing voyeuristic peek at the insides of Vogue Magazine and the production of the September 2007 issue.

I can't be the only one who watched Miranda..oops sorry I mean Anna Wintour walk into her office with the desk on the side of the room and not think of The Devil Wears Prada..I kept expecting Emily Blunt to turn around the corner. R.J. Cutler, the director of the movie, conceived the idea, raised the money and got the go ahead from Anna and Grace all before TDWP started production.

And then there is Grace Coddington, who started on the same day as Anna at American Vogue and is her creative counterpart. I cringed for her every time she walked into that little room to see the magazine layout and find her pictures dwindling on each visit. She was fascinating to watch but I wonder if I am the only one who wanted to scrape her flaming red hair back into a ponytail or bun. Her back and forth with Anna and their frustration with each other makes the movie so interesting. Anna's treatment of assistants and editors wasn't surprising since we had a "preview" with Meryl Streep. She can definitely be

What was most fascinating to me about this documentary is that so much is assumed and thought of Anna Wintour, but to see her in action and hear her conversations with up and coming designers like Thakoon and photographers of the caliber of Steven Miesel and they all get the same Anna. She is terribly business-like and harsh, even down right mean but I couldn't help but like her. Not surprising, but she was the most human when she was with her daughter Bee.

The end product, a huge 840 page issue of Vogue with Sienna Miller on the cover. The carefully constructed, much discussed cover shots of her were nice, but there were some obstacles on the way there, her teeth too big, hair in bad shape and a wig didn't work..even Sienna Miller is not above being critiqued.

If you have not seen this movie yet, I highly recommend it. Even if you don't enjoy fashion or read Vogue, it is very entertaining.

2 comments:

Miss Monogram said...

You are not the only one who was hoping Grace would pull her back. It was the only thing in the whole production that truly bothered me ;)

MBM said...

I meant to catch it in theaters as well. I'm going to watch it tonight on demand. :)