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Thakoon & the GAP

Thakoon Panichgul is a fashion designer profiled in The September Issue as an up and coming artist. Anna Wintour was asked to suggest some designers to do some work for GAP in 2007 and she chose this lucky, talented young man. Vogue wanted to give new, young designers with no publicity, a place to shine in the industry. Something in the simplicity of his designs shown in the movie really appealed to me. It was as if he was taking something as classic (but so often made wrong) as a crisp, white shirt, and making it in a completely new way so that it has a totally new effect and feel. He injected femininity yet modern lines into something so previously plain. I also liked his attention to detail and workmanship and the stitching, folds and way the fabric fell were just perfect. This Thai man from Omaha found a gap (excuse the pun) in the ever saturated fashion market and has filled it swimingly.

He graduated from Boston University in 1997 with a business degree went on to New York. He took up fashion writing but decided through this that he was more of a designer and then attended Parsons School of Design 2001 to 2003. When he started producing actual collections he became a firm favourite with many in the fashion industry and celebs such as Sarah Jessica Parker and Demi Moore.

His humble, warm nature on The September Issue made me an instant fan and he showed us his endearing vulnerability in the car on the way to meeting with the feared and admired Anna Wintour where he told viewers how his hand shook persistently when presenting work to her.

His high point was when Michelle Obama wore a dress of his to the night her husband accepted the 2008 Democratic nomination for president.

“For me it's about creating silhouettes that sort of have built-in gesture.” -Thakoon Panichgul, The New York Times

Read more: Thakoon Panichgul - Designer Fashion Label

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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.

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:

I think Vogue is incredible and I have endless admiration for the designers, editors, photographers and writers. But I don't know if I'd want to be on the team come September. Anna. Is. Scary.