September IssueIt seems like Hollywood directors have finally realized the beauty of the fashion world. It's an untapped well of eccentricity, filled with nutty designers, beautiful enigmatic models, and the craziest of rabid followers. Just attending a fashion show is a lesson in style, almost like dipping your toe into a pool of luxurious satin.

People in the fashion world are thoroughly immersed in it, up to their eyes. They live it, breathe it, and cannot function without it. It's a fact. The recent spate of fashion-focused movies illustrates a couple of things: firstly, the world of fashion is slowly melding with the world of celebrity (Lindsay Lohan on the runway, celeb clothing lines, etc.), and secondly, people who have "made it" in fashion usually have a fascinating story. It takes nerves (or claws) of steel and incredible social wherewithal to climb to the top.

Ironically, in a medium that's so visual, the icons who make up the cohort usually end up being deviant, or at least slippery enough to elude the camera lens. Here are some of the latest fashion movies that attempt to capture fashionistas strutting their stuff:

September IssueIt seems like Hollywood directors have finally realized the beauty of the fashion world. It's an untapped well of eccentricity, filled with nutty designers, beautiful enigmatic models, and the craziest of rabid followers. Just attending a fashion show is a lesson in style, almost like dipping your toe into a pool of luxurious satin.

People in the fashion world are thoroughly immersed in it, up to their eyes. They live it, breathe it, and cannot function without it. It's a fact. The recent spate of fashion-focused movies illustrates a couple of things: firstly, the world of fashion is slowly melding with the world of celebrity (Lindsay Lohan on the runway, celeb clothing lines, etc.), and secondly, people who have "made it" in fashion usually have a fascinating story. It takes nerves (or claws) of steel and incredible social wherewithal to climb to the top.

Ironically, in a medium that's so visual, the icons who make up the cohort usually end up being deviant, or at least slippery enough to elude the camera lens. Here are some of the latest fashion movies that attempt to capture fashionistas strutting their stuff:

'The September Issue' - 2009
The director and producers want you to think this movie is all about Anna Wintour, the editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine. Fashion insiders insist that Wintour is the heart and soul of fashion all over the world, which in a way is true, since it seems that people bow at her feet whenever she walks into a room. But what emerges from this film with the most verve is the story of Vogue creative director Grace Coddington, who has been with the magazine for most of her life. Her daily work and input to the spreads are far more interesting than Wintour's tight-lipped interview sequences, which reveal little to nothing. One gets the sense that Wintour is merely the figurehead for dozens of underappreciated workers who bust their butts on a daily basis.

'Coco avant Chanel' - 2009Coco Avant Chanel
Coco Chanel is one of the most interesting and influential designers to ever exist. Besides implementing the first "strong" female clothes, such as the pantsuit and masculine blouses, Chanel broke ground as the first internationally-famous female designer. Starring stunning French actress Audrey Tautou, this movie is more of a personal exploration rather than an exposition of her effect on fashion. While Tautou nails the role and is as hypnotizingly charming as ever, there's something a bit lacking in terms of depth.

'Coco Chanel' (TV) - 2008Coco TV
Starring the ever-scowling Shirley MacLaine as the "old" Coco Chanel and Barbora Bobulova as the "young" Coco Chanel, this TV rendition of her life story does a good job of showing the iconic designer's poor upbringing and rise to international fame. Many elements are missing - namely the complete omission of Chanel's brothers and sister, who were instrumental in the development of her career. Also, the Lifetime channel insists on focusing on one affair of Chanel's (Arthur Capel) while forsaking the rest. This TV movie would have been helped along had it cast a French actress in the role - Maclaine's undefined accent attempt is embarrassing.

'Valentino: The Last Emperor' - 2008Valentino: The Last Emperor
Besides aptly examining the life and works of one of the world's most famous designers, this movie is also a touching portrait of the man's lifelong relationship with Gianfranco Giammetti, which is basically the crux of Valentino's designing empire. The film captures several awkward arguments, and Valentino (more than once) tells the cameras to shut off and go away. This is perhaps the most touching tribute of all the fashion movies, since it's filmed at the precise moment of the legend's retirement from fashion. Icons and celebrities pay homage in a final show that brings tears to the eyes, as well as Valentino's.

'Lagerfeld Confidential' - 2007Lagerfeld Confidential
In probably the most in-depth and fascinating portrait thus far, the cameras follow the eccentric, mysterious Karl Lagerfeld. Lagerfeld is the lead creative designer for Chanel, and is known for his bizarre behaviour and strange outfits. He won't be caught dead in public without his trademark sunglasses and rigid white collar - and it's worth it to see this movie simply for the fact you get to see his eyes. Lagerfeld explains that the eyes allow others to see into your soul, so he wears the sunglasses as protection. Watching him jet from one locale to another, all the while sketching beautiful garments with what seems like minimal effort, is almost tiring. Crazy? Sure. Deserving of respect and admiration? Definitely. "I'm an improvisation," he says. After seeing the way crowds react to him, we can't disagree.

Upcoming: 'Gucci' - TBDGucci: Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie and Leonardo DiCaprio are the rumoured stars of this upcoming film, which focuses on the Gucci family in the 1970s and 80s. At the time, the designer Maurizio Gucci was selling hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of clothing each year. He was famously gunned down in front of his Milan apartment in 1995, just before the relaunching of his grandfather's line. Definitely not a biopic, this movie seems to be more blockbuster/action film that true-to-life story. It's slated to be directed by Ridley Scott.
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