On Thursday Hannah and I went to see The September Issue, a new documentary by R. J. Cutter about the making of the September 2007 issue of Vogue. The film focuses around editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and I think she does a good job dialing back the ice queen for the cameras—no truly horrible Devil Wears Prada moments. Andre Leon Tally serves as some fabulous comic relief with his Louis Vuitton muumuus and diamond-encrusted “tennis watches”. But I think the real heroine of the film is Vogue‘s artistic director Grace Coddington who comes across as down-to-earth, passionate, romantic, and inspired.
My favorite of Grace’s fashion spreads in this issue was the 1920s, Brassai-inspired shoot by photographer Steven Meisel. The soft lighting and warm tones put a taste of brandy Old Fashioned in my mouth, and don’t even get me started on the amazing hats!
On a side note, I have to say that, as a Vogue subscriber, I *hate* the September issue. It is so big, heavy, and full of inserts that it’s practically unreadable. In all of it’s 700 pages (this year’s issue is only in the 500s since ad sales have dropped) there’s only about 100 pages of real content. I even broke the straps of one of my favorite purses in September 2004 by trying to carry it around on the subway. Not worth it.