The September Issue: A Deal Diva review
We here at Deal Divas love fashion (duh), love movies and LOVE fake butter on our popcorn. So naturally, we jumped at the chance to load up on snacks and check out the ultimate new fashion movie -- The September Issue, which opens to the masses here Friday.
The documentary details the inner workings, backstabbing, photo trashing, astronomical budget and exotic travel that goes into creating Vogue magazine's annual September issue -- New Year's Eve in the fashion world. Monday night, Stephanie, Colleen and Letitia attended a screening of the movie at AMC Veterans in Tampa. Everyone in the theater looked very primped and fashionable. We looked haggard and crazy-bad because we came straight from work and all accidentally drove through the airport en route to the theater. But we soon realized that no one who works at Vogue looks good either, so we felt better.
Here are our thoughts on the movie:
Letitia: I let my subscription to Vogue lapse recently, thinking that as pretty as the pictures are, it's not like they inspire anything that I actually wear (or can afford). Now I know better. The movie made me realize how much the influence of the magazine, and editor Anna Wintour, goes beyond the clothing lines featured on its pages. Case in point: Vogue plucked from obscurity a young designer named Thakoon. His line began getting attention in the fashion world. I learned his name when Michelle Obama wore one of his dresses to the Democratic presidential convention. I loved the girly floral print and classic lines. So when Target launched a Thakoon line this fall, I was first in line to snatch up a hot new designer's look at less than designer prices. And I don't wear anything from the pages of Vogue. Right...
Colleen: The September Issue offered just the blend of snark and glamour that I needed after a bad hair day. My favorite moments came not from fashion grande dame Anna Wintour (though it was pretty priceless when she told the documentary cameraman he needed to hit the gym), but from two members of her staff. Model-turned-creative director Grace Coddington provided a charming foil to Wintour as she schemed to maintain the integrity of her genius photo spreads. And editor-at-large Andre Leon Talley stole the show when he showed up for a tennis outing carrying several Louis Vuitton bags and then played with a towel from the designer brand draped on his shoulders. He also uttered the best line of the movie as he bemoaned a “famine of beauty” in the latest fashions. “My eyes are starving for beauty,” he fake-cried at a meeting. Given the very drab look of many of his magazine colleagues in the film, I’m guessing he says that quite a bit.
Stephanie: My self esteem went way up after watching the September Issue. Naturally, you'd think everyone who walks through the hallways at Vogue looks impeccable all the time. While Anna Wintour looked mostly great, most of the other top editors looked like death warmed over. Makeup must not be in style in those offices. It was all pale faces draped in dry, lackluster hair, crusty lips, invisible eyelashes. I wanted to throw a mirror their way and scream, "For the love of blush, you are creating the standard of beauty in America, put on some lippy!" In another way, though, it was strangely refreshing. The women around Vogue -- Wintour included -- seem to be letting themselves age naturally without the help of botulism on the end of a needle. If that's in fashion, I'm all for it.
Watch the trailer here: