Regular readers of this blog will recall that in late November I saw the Coco Chanel biopic (starring Audrey Tautou) that ran at the RPL Theatre. Does that make me a fashion expert? Hardly.
At this time of the year, I'm pretty much a jeans and hoodie kind of guy. It qualifies as a style, I guess. Just not very sophisticated (or expensive). I appreciate the value of fashion, though. At least when it comes to people injecting a bit of colour and quirkiness into every day life through their fashion choices.
I draw the line, though, at people who embrace fashion as religion. With the various cycles that fashion goes through, it seems to me like it's a bit of a shell game, with people who aspire to be in style in perpetual catch-up mode, spending tons of coin to keep au courrant. If fashion, for some people, is a religion, then Vogue undoubtedly qualifies at their Bible.
With this documentary, which screens at the RPL tonight at 7 p.m., director R.J. Cutler scrutinizes the inner workings of the New York-based mag as staff, under iconic editor Anna Wintour, race to put out their annual fall showcase which, as you can see from the above poster, is freaking huge, and reaches an estimated 13 million readers world-wide.
If you can't see The September Issue tonight, it runs at the RPL Saturday at 9 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m. Here's the trailer. (YouTube) And as an added bonus, here's video of Madonna performing her hit "Vogue" at the 1990 MTV music awards. (YouTube)
And if you're looking for something to do after the movie, a pair of local indie bands This Machine is a Fountain and The Czar, the Kaiser & the King are rocking O'Hanlon's Pub.