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25 Aug 2015 - 5:19 PM  UPDATED 11 Jan 2017 - 2:58 PM

Advanced Style

USA, 2014
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Lina Plioplyte
What's it about?
Advanced Style examines the lives of seven unique New Yorkers whose eclectic personal style and vital spirit have guided their approach to aging. Based on Ari Seth Cohen’s famed blog of the same name, this film paints intimate and colorful portraits of independent, stylish women aged 62 to 95 who are challenging conventional ideas about beauty, aging, and Western’s culture’s increasing obsession with youth.


The September Issue

PG, 2009
Genre: Documentary
Director: R.J. Cutler
Starring: Grace Coddington, Anna Wintour
What's it about?
Anna Wintour, editor of Vogue for 20 years, is the most powerful and polarising figure in fashion. Director R.J. Cutler delivers a rare insider account of the nine months leading up to the printing of the highly anticipated September issue of the magazine, which promises to be the biggest one ever... At the eye of this annual fashion hurricane is the two decade relationship between Wintour and Grace Coddington. Through them, we see close up the delicate creative chemistry it takes to remain at the top of the ever changing fashion field.

The September Issue review: Rag trade doc a portrait of grace under pressure


Valentino: The Last Emperor

PG, 2009
Genre: Documentary
Director: Matt Tyrnauer
Starring: Karl Lagerfeld, Tom Ford, Jeannie Becker, Giorgio Armani, Gwyneth Paltrow
What's it about?
An intimate and engaging fly-on-the-wall exploration of the singular world of one of Italy's most famous men. The film documents the colourful and dramatic closing act of Valentino's celebrated career, tells the story of his extraordinary life, and explores the larger themes affecting the fashion business today. At the heart of the film is the unique relationship between Valentino and his business partner and companion of 50 years, Giancarlo Giammetti.

Valentino: The Last Emperor Review


Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky

France, 2009
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: French
Director: Jan Kounen
Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Anna Mouglalis, Yelena Morozova, Natacha Lindinger
What's it about?
In this sumptuous film, director Jan Kounen explores the myth of fashion icon Coco Chanel – played by actual Chanel muse Anna Mouglalis – and her passionate love affair with composer Igor Stravinsky (Mads Mikkelsen). In 1913 Paris, after the death of her lover Boy Capel, fashion designer Coco Chanel meets composer Igor Stravinsky, a radical French contemporary. The attraction between the pair is instant and electric. Coco invites Igor, along with his sick wife and children, to move into her new villa, Bel Respiro, in Garches.


A Common Thread

France, 2004
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: French, Armenian
Director: Éléonore Faucher
Starring: Anne Canovas, Jackie Berroyer, Thomas Laroppe, Marie Felix, Lola Naymark, Ariane Ascaride
What's it about?
A Common Thread (aka Sequins) is a delicate and understated gem about artistry, friendship and love. It centres on Claire, a young cashier at the local supermarket, who uses her spare time to create intricate embroidery designs. When she falls pregnant, she takes a job as an assistant by Madame Melikian (Ariane Ascaride, The Snows of Kilimanjaro), a master embroiderer who sews delicate ornamentation for top fashion houses like Lacroix. As times passes, and her belly grows rounder, an almost wordless friendship forms between the two women.

A Common Thread review


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