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If you’re a fashion-fiend like us here at SheSaid, then you know the excitement of watching a tell-all documentary about your favourite designer.
Not only are they an insight into the not-so-glamourous world of international fashion, but they’re also really humorous and informative to watch. Below are just a few films which you need to keep on high rotation.
The September Issue, 2009
Probably the only behind-the-scenes documentary about the elusive editor of Vogue, Anna Wintour, this film is one of the best introductions into the fashion world. Although it’s aim was to focus on Wintour, her right-hand woman and stylist Grace Coddington stole the show with her epic one-liners and blasé attitude towards the cameras.
Bill Cunningham New York, 2010
As one of the main attractions of the New York Times, photographer Bill Cunningham has been shooting the streets for decades. His obsessive nature and keen eye for fashion has created some of the most iconic street-style looks the world has ever seen.
The film also touches upon his private life, and the struggles of the older generation of creatives which are fighting to keep Carnegie Hall alive.
Mademoiselle C, 2013
This documentary chronicles the life of former Vogue Paris editor in chief, Carine Roitfeld and her journey on creating a new and innovative platform as a stylist and creative director. Featuring designers such as Donatella Versace, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Karl Lagerfeld, and Giorgio Armani (just to name a few), it’s Roitfeld’s charm and close family bonds which makes this film a pleasure to watch.
Valentino: The Last Emperor, 2008
Produced and directed by Matt Tyrnauer, The Last Emperor follows one of Italy’s most famous men, Valentino Garavani and how he came to create the house of Valentino. But don’t think that this film is just about clothes and accessories, another main theme is the close relationship with Giancarlo Giammetti and how this has influenced his life – both creatively and on a personal basis.
Visionaries: Inside the Creative Mind – Tom Ford, 2011
OWN commissioned one of the first fashion documentaries with the one and only, Tom Ford. As a creative director for Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent for most of his lifetime, Ford takes us through the journey of creating his first unisex fragrance, and later, womenswear label. Incredibly inspiring for budding fashion designers and stylists who cannot resist the charm of Tom Ford.
The Secret World of Haute Couture, 2007
One of the only films to explore the exclusive world of haute couture and it’s outrageous clientele, this film will keep you glued from the start. Some items take years to perfect, which makes the unknown world of haute couture different from the mass-produced pret-a-porter collections which are easily available.
Images via BBC, Diego Guevara, Tumblr, The Cia, Zeitgeist Films, Amazon
Naomi Watts was always anxious about the reception her new film Diana would receive – and rightly so. Weeks before the savaging critics bestowed on the film at the world premiere in London recently, Naomi hinted, “I might go into hiding. I might have to leave the country.”
She mightn’t have left the country but Watts did storm out of an interview with BBC radio presenter Simon Mayo when she became uncomfortable with his line of questioning regarding the film. Mayo tweeted “A first for me and @wittertainment as Naomi Watts walked out of an interview! She seemed a tad uncomfortable with the questions. Shame.”
The 44-year-old actress thought long and hard about taking on the role of the iconic late Princess of Wales. Watts knew the biopic, which focuses on Diana’s romance with London-based Pakistani surgeon Hasnat Khan, was always going to ruffle feathers.
Aside from the predictable onslaught from the UK press, Naomi had the Royal Family itself to consider, in particular Princes William and Harry.
Having lost a parent at a young age – Watts’ estranged father, sound engineer Peter Watts, died of a suspected heroin overdose when Naomi was 14 – and also being the mother of two sons Sacha, 6 and Sammy, 4, Naomi considered not taking on the role, wondering how the Princes would feel about it.
“That’s always the big thing in my mind, you know, would they approve?” said Naomi, in a recent interview.
In another interview, Watts said she “found herself constantly asking for (Diana’s) permission to carry on” in the film.
“I felt like I was spending a lot of time with her. There was one particular moment when I felt her permission was granted,” Naomi revealed in another interview.
Such is the obsession of all things Diana, Watts gained insight into the desperate lengths paparazzi would go to, simply to capture a precious, money-making snap of an actress playing a princess who died tragically 16 years ago, with her lover Dodi al-Fayed, when the Mercedes in which they were travelling slammed into a pillar in a Paris road tunnel, while being chased by paparazzi.
“It was definitely not normal.” Said Watts.
As one of the most famous women of our time, with every part of her life documented, scrutinised and watched, literally, under a media microscope, very little is known of Diana’s relationship with Hasnat Khan – a man who is described as her ‘real love’ by those close to the princess.
Khan has described the film as “completely wrong” and “based on gossip.”
Khan refused to participate in the making of the film, just as he avoided the media during his relationship with the princess and after her death.
Watts defended the scenes that take place between Diana and Khan.
“Someone was going to tell this story eventually. Liberties had to be taken and poetic licence. Actors bring nuance to it and, because it’s not a documentary, I think it was OK to do that.”
Diana opens in Australia on October 10.
What do you think of Naomi Watts playing Princess Diana? Will you be seeing Diana the movie?
In the mood for a good belly laugh? We’ve picked five of our favourite comedy movies for a fun night in, from a hilarious rom-com to a wicked dark comedy – all you need is a pizza and some beers.
Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph are funnier than ever in this tale of the misfortunes striking a bride and her bridesmaids. Melissa McCarthy was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in this critically and commercially successful comedy, and totally deserves the recognition. Who says the ladies can’t be as funny as the guys? When you have an all-girl get-together, mix a pitcher of margaritas and rent this movie.
Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson star as a pair of divorce mediators whose hobby is crashing wedding parties with the goal of hooking up with the ladies. A high society wedding provides the two with more action—and more trouble—than they planned on. Their plans get complicated when surprise, surprise, both fall in love. Wedding Crashers is raunchy and definitely for adults, but good for tons of laughs.
Bridesmaids’ riskier, and in our eyes, funnier, big sister, Bachelorette didn’t get as much recognition as Bridesmaids despite its fantastic cast including Kirsten Dunst, Rebel Wilson and Isla Fisher, but it’s an absolute winner. This dark comedy is all about girls gone wild, and while a lot of it may not be very pretty, it’s a very realistic, hilarious look at a group of bridesmaids preparing for a friend’s wedding. You’ve been warned.
Definitely not just a boy’s flick, The Hangover is rude, crude, and wickedly good fun. Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms steal the show in a bachelor trip to Vegas gone oh-so-wrong. Now if only The Hangover 2 was as good…
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
What could have been a pedestrian rom-com about a man who ignores Ms. Right while chasing Ms. Wrong gets extra spice from some off-the-wall characters like Russell Brand as a bad-boy rocker. Jason Segal stars as a guy who goes to Hawaii to forget the woman who dumped him (Kristen Bell), only to find her vacationing there with her new boyfriend – yep, Russell Brand. Sounds depressing, but turns hilarious when the poor guy hooks up with the gorgeous Mila Kunis, and true love triumphs, just like it does in any good rom-com.
What’s your favourite comedy of all time?