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5 Stylish Films to Try on During Fashion Week
Happy Fashion Week, everybody! Celebrate the new season with some of our favorite movies about the world of fashion, from the marvelous to the macabre. So kick up your least comfortable heels, down a glass of Champagne or three, and queue up one of these stylish classics!
The Neon Demon (Amazon Prime)
Nicolas Winding Refn is at his most comfortable when everyone else is at their most uneasy. His movies are brutally violent and unflinchingly honest. It says a lot about him that Drive, in which Ryan Gosling silently murders his way through Los Angeles, is his most commercial film. The Neon Demon is a follow-up to Only God Forgives, and trades that film’s Bangkok setting for the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, but human nature doesn’t change, and everyone is duplicitous, dangerous, and prone to backstab or frontstab if it services their own self-image and outward beauty. The Neon Demon is surreal, scary, mind-bending, and exceedingly discomforting, but in a good way. Elle Fanning, Jena Malone, Bella Heathcote, Christina Hendricks, and Keanu Reeves star.
Gia (HBO apps)
Before she was the A-list superstar we know and love today, Angelina Jolie starred in 1998’s Gia, an HBO original biopic of Gia Marie Carangi, arguably the world’s first supermodel. Gia had a sad life, going from a total nobody to the absolute biggest icon in the fashion world before she died of AIDS – a result of her heroin use – at only 26 years old. Gia was a tragic figure who never got the chance to take charge of her own destiny. She lived too fast to fully comprehend the world that rapidly consumed her, and she didn’t get the chance to appreciate her own effortless beauty before she became fatally ill.
Gia Maria Carangi is remembered less for her immense accomplishments and status in the fashion injustry and more for her immense, untapped potential which will forever remain unknown to the world. The film turned Angelina Jolie into a bankable actor, and she quickly segued into the Hollywood A-list, where she remains to this day.
The Devil Wears Prada (HBO apps)
What more can be said about Meryl Streep? She’s a national treasure, one of the greatest actors of all time, possessing natural beauty, unmatched talent, and palpable charisma. One of her most iconic roles was as Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada. Miranda, a fashion editor who is totally not based on the infamous Vogue editor Anna Wintour (yeah, right), makes life interesting and difficult for her naive new assistant, played by Anne Hathaway. An entertaining look at the ruthless world of fashion magazines, The Devil Wears Prada was a surprise box office hit back in 2006, and remains one of our favorite – and most chic – movies. Plus, it’s got Stanley Tucci, possibly the only actor in the world who could steal a scene from Meryl Streep.
The September Issue (Hulu)
Speaking of Anna Wintour, The September Issue is a 2009 documentary about Anna and her team at Vogue as they prepare to launch the September edition of their magazine. Any fashionista worth their salt knows that September is the most important issue of the year, “The Fashion Issue,” which essentially dictates the style for their audience. Since Vogue is the biggest fashion magazine in the world, the September issue of that magazine is arguably the most eagerly-anticipated issue of the year. It’s a high-pressure environment, and only a stone-cold badass like Anna Wintour can handle that kind of heat.
Anna Wintour is a living legend. Regular folks may not understand her importance to the fashion world, but after watching The September Issue, they will.
Dior and I (Netflix)
Finally, this documentary by Frédéric Tcheng follows Belgian designer Raf Simons as he works on creating his first collection for the house of Dior, one of the biggest fashion brands in the world, in just eight weeks. The behind-the-scenes footage of the skilled couture dressmakers, some who have worked for Dior for decades, is both hilarious and thrilling. It’s a great, intense build up to the grand finale of Simons’ glamorous debut Dior collection.