Atta Ikede

September 19, 2009

The September Issue

Filed under: Uncategorized — attaikede @ 12:04 pm

Keep your eyes open for this one. Here’s a link to a quick synopsis.

I didn’t watch/read the Devil Wears Prada, which is apparently loosely based around Anna Wintour, but I think it’s clear the main point there is that she’s a scary elitist control freak. Hehe.

In contrast, the september issue is basically a series of fascinating vignettes that are kind of laid out together around a basic story arc about putting out the September 2007 issue of Vogue.

A lot of reviewers are saying that the heroine of the movie is Grace Coddington, the former model turned fashion editor – she was gorgeous in her youth and though she’s had some plastic surgery to correct damage from a car accident, and she doesn’t cut the svelte stylish silhouette of Anna Wintour, there’s a really amazing shot of her gazing out at what I think are the parks behind Versailles where you can still make out how beautiful she still really is.  I agree with that. She is the heroine of the movie, mainly because she’s a real artist in what seems like (and ultimately is), a shallow and ridiculous world. It’s hard to believe somebody with an eye and talent like that works with a guy who packs LV luggage full of water bottles for his tennis lesson.  There’s a great scene towards the end where Anna acknowledges that Grace is a genius.

But I think Anna’s a heroine too.  These people work hard! She’s a soldier! And she has ideas! Anna Wintour is easily the Steve Jobs of her industry.  I think attention to detail and loving your work and being a leader shine through no matter what you’re doing.

It’s true that the art and style elements of fashion are usually eclipsed by the pretentiousness and “let them eat cake” cluelessness of that industry, but even then, I am now starting to wonder if the typical corporate dysfunction and job-security related bottlenecking that goes on in many companies is really any less ridiculous.

On a slightly unrelated note, the other thing that movie made me think about is COLOUR! Yes. No more black jackets for me. 1 is enough. I have 3. No more black skirts, sweaters or pants either. A line has to be drawn.

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