Review and General Blabbing on THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE
Having always been a tad obsessed with magazines from an early age I was rather excited to see this movie/documentary. I like to think I've come a long way since the days of reading Seventeen but due to the high cost of Vogue it remains one of those magazines I either buy back issues of or sneak the odd peak at Exclusive Books. That, combined with the hype around Anna Wintour and her rumoured evil, anorexia encouraging, scandalous ways meant that it was a movie that would be enjoyable and educational for me. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tq4wo4JYy2s
It didn't disappoint. Focusing on the preparation of the September issue of Vogue in 2007 it shows the intensity, hard work, bitchiness, tension, money and genuis that goes into producing the world's top fashion glossies. The resultant issue was the largest ever published with 840 pages. As was said in the movie, September is the January of fashion.
Sienna Miller is the celeb on the cover and it is said that Anna brought celebs into the once model focused magazine and so put Vogue ahead of other fashion magazines. I'm guilty of appreciating this trend and often prefer to buy magazines that have a celebrity that I admire rather than someone I have never heard of before.
I found Andre Talley very entertaning though he appeared less than I would have liked.
He is quoted as saying on Oprah, “Most of the Vogue girls are so thin, tremendously thin, because Miss Anna don't like fat people.” In The September Issue he plays tennis and claims that Anna intervened saying he needed to lose weight years before and he said that she "probably saved my life". Anna is known for her high protein diet as seen in the movie The Devil Wears Prada based on an assistant's experience with the infamous editor; originally a book by Lauren Wesiberger. In the movie the assistant played by Anne Hathaway, is required to bring a perfectly made steak to her boss, played by Meryl Streep, everyday for lunch.
"I think she enjoys not being completely approachable. Just her office is very intimidating. You have to walk about a mile into the office before you get to her desk and I'm sure it's intentional", Vogue's creative director Grace Coddington says.
I was left with a new found respect for this incredible woman. Her fashion sense, ideas and depth are just a few of many admirable qualities. She was once a model herself and showed such patience, putting the clothes on each model in her shoots herself which is not a common trait in her industry. One of my favourite scenes was when she had bought tarts for the shoot and the model keeps gravitating to them knowing that she needed to wait till the corset pictures had been taken before eating one! Grace ended up "stealing the show" as she was shown much more than Anna. Her relationship with the editor is clearly strained at times and Grace was angry numerous times when her hard work was cut out by Anna without even a word mentioned or a sign of appreciation. Her twenties shoot was my favourite. See below:
Another scene I loved was one where Grace asks the documentary camera-man to get involved, jumping up holding his camera which was later photoshopped to fit with a model doing the same resulting in great movement and flow: