It's day one of NYFW and there's 8 inches of snow outside my door, which exceeds the 4 inches of the heels I was planning on wearing to the Michael Costello runway show. So, if like me, you're snowed in, or you're simply craving some kind of fashion participation this week, I've found several new listings on Netflix to keep you involved.
Inside British Vogue
The newest fashion doc to be released on Netflix, the film maker follows recently resigned E.I.C. Alexandra Shulman around in an intimate, but not entirely complimentary angle. My immediate thought was that this documentarian has no business making movies about fashion, as his ineptitude on the subject becomes glaringly apparent when he asks Kate Moss inanely simple questions about her career, to which she barely replies. Kinda painful to watch, and I wonder if it had anything to do with the abrupt resignation of Shulman, which happened the same week the doc was released.
The First Monday In May
The second Vogue documentary to be made by the guys who brought us The September Issue (Why isn't that on Netlix?!) We see even more of The Devil Herself in the rare form that it takes to choreograph The Met Gala and last year's China Through the Looking Glass exhibit. An assistant's shaky hand reaches into frame just at the right moment for Anna to swipe the latte from her without missing a beat- or acknowledging the girl... the things fashion dreams are made of... right? The tension between the Gallery of Asian Arts and Vogue was quite dramatic- with both sides fighting for fundamental importance, and eventually culminating in one of the best Costume Institute exhibits yet.
Not a documentary, but it could be considered a study on modern feminism in the 1980's. Tess McGill (played by the stripper-voiced Melanie Griffith) climbs the corporate ladder of Wall Street, and is fowled by her boss (played by Sigourney Weaver) who is not only a fellow female, but gasp! YOUNGER than her. If you've ever been an assistant and dreamed of surpassing a boss who's done you wrong, you'll like this one. And the power suit, shoulder pad, and commuting sneakers strike a kind of Céline cord.
A great BBC import that I never hear anyone talk about! If you've ever worked in retail, and you like a good period piece- The Paradise has you covered. Based on the establishment of Selfridge's department store in London, we follow a passionate young shopgirl with big ideas that translate to today's retail operations. Her ideas about merchandising, service, and sales are based on true events that lead to the development of the modern-day shopping experience. Of course she gets involved with the charismatic store owner... but what's a retail job without a little drama?