2012 November 27
Looking for some holiday gift ideas? (A rhetorical question if we've ever asked one.) 'Tis the season to give the gift of fashion! But instead of hitting the stores, go online and order a few of our fave fash flicks on DVD. They couldn't be more parfait for the beloved chicster in your life (or yourself, obviously). From this season's acclaimed doc The Tents to classics like Zoolander, we've put together a few engrossing silver screen recommendations. So, get thee to Amazon ASAP!
The lowdown: The history and evolution of NYFW like you've never seen it before, from the chaotic fashion shows of the early eighties and nineties to the creation of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and its relocation to Lincoln Center.
Bill Cunningham New York
The lowdown: Get to know NY Times legend Bill Cunningham in this extraordinary doc on his life.
The lowdown: The harsh reality of the modeling industry gets exposed in this documentary, which focuses on the industry's 'supply chain' between Siberia, Japan, and the U.S., told through the experiences of the scouts, agencies, and a 13-year-old model. Talk about loss of innocence.
Christian Dior, The Man Behind the Myth
The lowdown: In 1947, a young designer wins the world with his vision of women and elegance and re-establishes Paris as the capitol of fashion. His name, Christian Dior, is about to become a myth.
Valentino: The Last Emperor
The lowdown: Start by taking a peek inside Valentino’s homes around the world then fly on the private aircraft with Valentino and his entourage to Gstaad for a vacation at the glamorous ski resort. The final stop on your filmic travel: discover Valentino’s residence on Fifth Avenue as he visits New York for the Costume Institute Gal
Yves Saint Laurent - His Life and Times and 5 Avenue Marceau 75116 Paris
The lowdown: Yves Saint Laurent idolized beatniks? Say it's so! This DVD collection packages TWO documentaries, Yves Saint Laurent: His Life and Times and Yves Saint Laurent: 5 Avenue Marceau to give a thorough understanding of the soft-spoken designer who flourished for 40 years in the fashion industry.
Ultrasuede: In Search Of Halston
The lowdown: A portrait of the rise and fall of America's first celebrity designer, Halston. Liza Minnelli, Diane von Furstenberg, and Billy Joel sit down to share their memories of the late icon.
Chanel Coco & Igor Stravinsky
The lowdown: Craving romance this holiday season? Chanel Coco & Igor Stravinsky is the perfect blend of love, lust, and clothes. Watch Chanel like you've never seen her before, having a steamy affair with the most influential composer of the century.
The lowdown: The Artist is the 2012 Oscar winner for Best Costume Design (and film!), making it a must-see if you haven't already. As the era of silent films draws to a close, two actors find their careers and their relationship influenced by the arrival of talking pictures. Bonus points for that adorbs, scene-stealing pooch.
The lowdown: An oldie but a goodie! Everything we know about fashion didn't come from the pages of Vogue or Harper's Bazaar; rather, it's primarily derived from the wise words of Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller). While eagerly awaiting the second installment of this cult classic, reminisce in the materialistic, superficial, and shallow world of modeling. We'll be practicing our best Zoolander pose in the meantime.
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