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October 14, 2010 @ 8:00 am

Film: The Secret World of Haute Couture

Ever wonder if there are any people who wear such unusual couture dresses? Actually, they do exist.

The Secret World of Haute Couture (2007)

The Secret World of Haute Couture is a BBC documentary that tackles about the fashion life of the rich and royals. Margy Kinmonth, an award winning director, takes a journey from Paris to New York and California to meet haute couture clients and the designers they treat like gods. Margy investigates why wealthy women are prepared to spend so much money on one dress. The film is fun because socialites like Daphne Guinness, Susan Gutfreund and Carroll Petrie show off selections of their wardrobes and give their thoughts on buying this form of art work. They even touch the coutures with much passion and desire as if they were golds and diamonds. These socialites are usually seated in the front rows of couture fashion shows and they can get to buy the clothes through exclusive appointments. Private shopping arrangements are limited for socialite club members only. When they do a closed-door shopping, the dresses are displayed without price tags. They say that club members are not supposed to be conscious with how much a couture costs even if its worth thousands of dollars.

After watching the documentary, I felt like these so-called club members are a bit overrated. Theyve been preoccupied with expensive couture just to show them off at social parties. Yes, overrated but envying at the same time. Because they can wear strange-looking designer clothes yet people worship them. Also, the film showed that real life socialites have personal contacts with Karl Lagerfeld and other famous designers.

The film is more on interviews and narrations but it didnt bore me. Perhaps because I was interested on who wear coutures and what pleasure they get from it.

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September 21, 2010 @ 12:00 am

Film: Fashion (Bollywood Movie)

Fashion (2008)

The center of the movie is about an ambitious girl, Megna Mathur who wanted to become a supermodel. She left her hometown Chandiragh and moved to Mumbai to fulfil her modeling dream which is against her fathers will. Meghna has this thirst to be the next runways showstopper so she had to make compromises to climb the ladder of success. As she attains her triumph, her success turns into arrogance resulting to sacrifices like losing her boyfriend (Manav) and her best friend (Janet). She then loses respect for herself as shes slowly failing her career. At the end, Meghna gets back to her senses after seeing the worst side of fame through Shonali, a former supermodel who got addicted to drugs and drinking.

Fashion is not actually about fashion (lol) but the story gives emphasis to the consequences and glamorous life of modeling world. There are lots of moral lessons pointed out by this movie about family, love, career and success. Just so you know, its a Bollywood movie so the coutures featured are Indian inspired. There were fashion names mentioned but I have no idea if they were just made up or what. Haha. The story is quite predictable but if you want a feel-good movie, you can add this film into your movie list.

Dont forget to prepare a bag of chips and sodas, Fashion runs for 2 hours and 40 minutes (grabe ang haba!). And yes, you need to read subtitles.

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September 8, 2010 @ 2:00 pm

Film: The September Issue

Hi guys, I will now try to post some movie suggestions and short reviews on fashion films. This is since Ive been receiving e-mails asking what movies I can suggest for fashion inspiration. Just dont expect me to write a review about Sex and the City or Confessions of a Shopaholic. I might share some indie films and not-so-popular documentaries instead.

The September Issue (2009)

For all you know, September is the January of fashion industry. The September Issue is a documentary film that shows the busy life of American Vogue Magazines EIC, Anna Wintour, and her staff during the production of Vogues September 2007 issue. The director (RJ Cutler) emphasized Wintour being meticulous as she sacrifices the efforts of Vogues creative director Grace Goddington because she rejects most of Graces works as the days count down to the close of the issue. Wintour also shows an aggressive personality that she can influence top designers which trends should be in or out. This documentary is like a déjà vu of The Devil Wears Prada and Anna Wintour is the real-life Miranda Priestly.

I totally fell in love with Wintours character, her job, fur coats and fabulous life. After that, I realized how my life sucks. Haha. The September Issue is not an ultimate chick flick, its an eye-opener as it depicts the effort that goes into planning and creating the magazine. Though the story doesnt really revolve around clothing and style, you’ll understand how serious the fashion industry is after watching this film.

Favorite Quote: (Anna Wintour) I think what I often see it that people are frightened about fashion. Because it scares them or make them feel insecure they just put it down. On the whole people that may say, the mean-y things about our world I think thats usually because they feel, in some ways, excluded or not a part of the cool group so as a result they just mock it.

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