Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Fashionable Films

A list of must see, fashion-filled films...

Lagerfeld Confidential

“Fashion is ephemeral, dangerous and unfair.” – Karl Lagerfeld

One of my favorite films and a must-see for anyone who is a fan of the House of Chanel. Notoriously private, this documentary offers a rare glimpse into the surreal and absolutely fabulous life of the designer who resurrected Chanel from obscurity in the 1980s. The director, Rudolphe Marconi, followed Lagerfeld for two years and as a result the film is teeming with eye candy – fashion shows, photography, art, theater and design. The best part though is getting to see the inner workings of KL’s creative process and what drives the man behind the iconic image. LOVE.

Valentino, The Last Emperor

“I know what women want. They want to be beautiful.” - Valentino

A beautiful tribute to the designer who reigned over haute couture up to his last show in 2007. The documentary is really a love story – one that tells of the forty-five year relationship between Valentino and his business partner Giancarlo Giammetti. Though we don’t get to see much of Valentino’s lavish lifestyle the film does go behind the scenes of one of Valentino’s final couture shows as well as the three-day celebration in Rome commemorating his 45th anniversary. Gorgeous styling, beautiful people, and amazing, amazing dress after dress make this a must add to your Netflix queue.

Yves St. Laurent: His Life and Times and 5, Avenue Marceau

“Fashions fade, style is eternal.” – Yves St. Laurent

These two feature-length documentaries, directed by David Teboul, offer unprecedented insight into the history of one of the most revered designers of the twentieth century. Life and Times takes us on a walk down memory lane in an attempt to illuminate Saint Laurent’s path to greatness. 5, Avenue Marceau is an intimate look into the inner workings of Saint Laurent’s atelier as he prepares for a couture show.

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