Review: The September Issue

I’m going to spare you the background on this documentary–You’ve got Google for that. Here’s what I thought of the documentary.
First & foremost, it is that: a documentary. It’s not styled to be a “The Devil Wears Prada” replacement or reckoning; it’s literally a behind-the-scenes documentary into the making of the most important issue of the year for the most important fashion magazine in America, and arguably the world.

I would have liked more insight and personality into the cool exterior of Anna Wintour. But, I understand, that Wintour is always self-composed and absolutely never lets her guard down: especially in front of a camera. So there may very well be nothing the producer could have done about that.

I especially enjoyed comparing just how close Devil got it to the real thing. For one thing, the office layout is nearly exactly the same — except Anna’s office has far more antiques and a french country theme than the ultra-modern office “Miranda” did in Devil. But the assistant desks are lined up exactly the same.

All in all, I enjoyed watching it as I thumbed through the pages of my March Vogue. I taken aback by how much of the sheer genius of Vogue’s beauty comes from the mind of Creative Director Grace Coddington – someone I had never heard of until I saw the film. She is truly amazing. She oversees most of the shoots you see in the spreads of Vogue, and envisions everything from the outfits, models, accessories, venue, balloons (yes, balloons)…well, everything.

I highly recommend the film if you’re interested in fashion. I rented TSI from Redbox outside of my neighborhood Walgreens for $1 a night.

Anna never has to know.

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  1. 03.10.2010 / 2:04 pm

    This has been at the top of my Netflix queue but has a long wait. Perhaps I should try Redbox instead…I hear they have a lot of free codes. Or perhaps I should actually watch and send back my current Netflix movie in an effort to get the SI. (Coco Before Chanel has been languishing on top of my DVD player.)

  2. 03.10.2010 / 3:16 pm

    Here are some free Redbox codes: DVDONME, BREAKROOM, DVDATWAG (Walgreens only) for more, visit
    I love redbox!!

  3. 03.10.2010 / 4:50 pm

    I loved the documentary too, and maybe because I lived in London for years I knew of Grace Coddington, who certainly steals the show! She is so obviously the visionary and Ann Wintour in every sense is the editor. I was amazed that AW just didn’t get it quite often (like not seeing that smooth rubber IS a texture) – and seems totally hung up on her own prejudices, against black and for fur!

  4. 03.10.2010 / 6:58 pm

    The movie sounds truly amazing! Thank you for doing the review for me (well and others too), i loved hearing your opinion about the movie rather than the plot. Decided to watch it this weekend, after such a great opinion about it!

  5. 03.10.2010 / 7:07 pm

    I had not heard of this film. It’s on my “gotta watch” list now.

  6. 03.11.2010 / 4:05 am

    It is truly worth watching if you are any type of fashion fan.

  7. 04.03.2010 / 3:19 pm

    I saw this film in theatres last year. It's quite the gem. I especially loved how the director captured Wintour's vulnerability when she spoke about her siblings' success. See it.

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