Sunday, August 23, 2009
Vogue to go
I find I'm a bit particular as to what films I will pay hard earned cash for these days. If it's a formula style romance I probably won't bother and if it is guaranteed to make me cry I'll go shopping instead but if it's got nice things to look at I'm there, provided nobody gets graphically chopped up. The September Issue is a behind the scenes look at what goes into putting together a major edition of Vogue magazine. I must confess to being one of those people who regularly lashes out at today's fashion industry with its organ failure thin representatives and clothing interpretations that only fit someone who is still growing out of their shoes. So I found myself surprised at how this movie changed my view of this - just briefly anyway. Famous editor Anna Wintour allowed a camera crew to show her at work and also an indepth look at the people she works with. What I expected was the Devil Wears Prada. What I didn't expect was to find that she works with people of her own age and who clearly have many years of experience as she does and what really shone through was just how very talented they are in creating art. As the editor, Anna is clearly driven by her job and states that her major strength is decision making. God I wish I had that for a strength. I think it's a talent in short supply, as we've outsourced what we can to consultants ('Yes We Can')and the media (no you can't) and we are left staring vacantly face first into the freezer. Although she probably doesn't have that problem of what to thaw out for dinner come to think of it. The only thing I found a bit weird about her was her Starbucks coffee she drinks every morning on the way to work. It just seemed a bit out of place. If you were on the mega bucks highest paid list wouldn't you at least own a decent coffee machine? It's a bit like finding out that Alain Ducasse swings by for a quick McMuffin before he starts work at the Plaza Athenee. Maybe I'm being too critical, it could be her only meal of the day. So if you can't make a decision on what movie to see, try this one out even if you don't like fashion, there are lots of nice things to look at.