24 December 2014

Five fashionable flicks for the holidays

Diana Vreeland in a still from The Eye Has to Travel

Diana Vreeland in a still from The Eye Has to Travel (IMDB)

Tis the season to vegetate as stylishly as possible while your stomach oozes over your waistband. What better way to do it than sitting in front of the TV (or laptop) and taking in a couple of fashion-forward films on Netflix?

On my list:

1. Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel 

DV holds court in this first-person documentary. Ms Vreeland recounts her life from her childhood to when she was unceremoniously booted from Vogue in 1971. Grab a cup of tea and have a seat with this legend.

Still from Mademoiselle C

Roitfeld and Lagerfeld in Mademoiselle C (Image: IMDB)

2. Mademoiselle C

It’s not clear to me why this documentary about the launch of Carine Roitfield’s new fashion mag garnered such bad reviews. Of course it’s not The September Issue, but you do get the chance to follow the former Vogue Paris editor behind the scenes as she puts together the premiere issue of CR Fashion Book. Roitfeld comes across in the film as – gasp – likeable. And it’s worth the watch just to see Karl Lagerfeld push a baby carriage.

Halston (Image: IMDB)

Halston (Image: IMDB)

3. Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston 

This one is in my queue. Whitney Sudley-Smith takes on the story of designer Roy Halston. The reviewers aren’t kind to this documentary, but I’ll keep an open mind.

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Poster for Advanced Style (Image: IMDB)

4. Advanced Style

I can’t wait to watch the film version of Ari Seth Cohen’s website.  I’m slightly surprised at it being streamed so soon after its release though.

Girl crush: Tilda Swinton wearing Jil Sander in I Am Love (Image: IMDB)

Girl crush: Tilda Swinton wearing Jil Sander in I Am Love (Image: IMDB)

5. I Am Love 

If you don’t watch anything else while you’re home for the holidays, watch I Am Love. Although it’s not a fashion documentary, Tilda Swinton wearing Raf Simons of Jil Sander makes this movie a lesson in style. Just in case you’re interested: It’s the story of the trials and tribulations of a wealthy textile manufacturing family in Milan. And it’s in Italian. And the film’s backstory is just as interesting.

So what’s in your queue? And what did I miss?

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