Tag: fashion on film



PARIS –  the scene opens in karl’s bedroom, which is filled with books from floor to ceiling, as stacks of magazines are seen as a four post-flourescnet bed sits amidst a mantle scattered with rings, ipods and you see karl himself shifting through drawers filled with his signature high collars. a living legend and patriarch in fashion, lagerfeld confidential gives you insight into the persona of karl largerfeld. karl is almost a modern day villain himself, inarguable influential in fashion and he spares no fucks when asked about his opinion on beauty, media and style. you get a retrospective look at both the life and career of the fashion genius, as he presents, and preps shows for chanel. along for the ride, you’re taken on a personal journey, where karl reflects on his german up brining, reveals his relationship with his parents, how he got started in fashion and even provides lessons on love. always entertaining, unforgettably unapologetic and forever entrancing, karl allows cameras to watch his every move as he travels, photographs, directs and designs. among my most favorite and one of many first fashion documentaries of my collection, you get a glimpse at the fashion high life, seeing karl’s goyard luggage being laminated for every flight he takes from paris to new york, and even see how he creates fashion sketches using chanel cosmetics. most intriguing is the scenes where male model brad kroenig is featured. industry murmurs were heard for quite some time regarding their alleged romance, and producers of the documentary pose questions of unrequited love to karl in the documentary. strategically edited, the dialogue of karl speaking on his feelings about love, are heard as scenes of a him photographing brad nude flash across your screen. among the most important forces in fashion history, this documentary is an essential selection for fashion documentary library and reveals the truth about high fashion. karl’s unabashed approach to honesty and art go unrivaled, even in today’s rapid paced world of high fashion. powerful and proven, lagerfeld exemplifies the very root of hard work and relentless vision; the documentary provides pure evidence of that. cameos from actress nicole kidman, archived footage of karl’s early days at chanel, combined with intimate creative processes at the house of chanel- it’s all very mysterious yet revealing all the same. a must see for every fashion kid, the doc reveals much of lagerfeld the artist, while leaving just enough to the imagination. disucssing everything from beauty and development to love and industry- karl keeps it all the way 100 in this fashion insight of a documentary.

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PARIS – perhaps one of the darker documentaries in the realm of fashion, of my collection. yves saint laurent’s life was riddled with bouts with addiction, depression and all through each of those struggles was pierre bergé. in the documentary, you get an inside look at laurent’s private residence and score a glimpse at his astounding art collection. the film re-traces the meeting of both pierre and yves, when yves was appointed creative director at christian dior in 1947 when he was 21 years of age. cited as business partners, the love between bergé and laurent appears stern and unbreakable. the documentary is heavily weighed down with dark music, and discussion of love and it’s craziness, ringing true to the films title. an emotionally gripping look at the dedication of bergé to yves saint laurent, the documentary reveals footage of laurent’s funeral, as well as private film footage from the 70’s when yves saint laurent was hanging around a young mick jagger and socializing with andy warhol. a legendary reputation in fashion, yves saint laurent’s passing resulted in an auction of certain art pieces, which you become acquainted with through the documentary. showcasing the dark side of a love story rather than the glitz that is often associated with high fashion; i like this documentary for it’s blunt and sometimes forcefull glare at high fashion, and dimensions of love. bergé recounts his life with yves and shares personal stories of triumph while sharing how he was affected by the famed designers own struggles. an interesting look at the life of yves saint laurent, but one you need to be prepared for mentally. with all the glamorous documentaries out there, this provides range to any fashion documentary collection, and gives you a deeper look into the lives of those who provide inspiration.


Marc loicINTERNATIONAL – originally i intended to speak on the time that this was filmed as being the height of marc jacobs’ career at louis vuitton, but that’s improper. the height continued upward throughout his career, as he consistently assisted from an impeccable creative stance, to help maintain vuitton’s luxe credibility. while i had just begun to spin my fashion on film documentary review series, it was announced that marc would part ways with vuitton. when news of his departure hit, i knew i had to own the documentary as a part of my growing collection of fashion films. only having seen the film twice before owning it, the contrast of marc jacobs the person, and the division between his roles at marc jacobs the label, and vuitton were very interesting. i loved the editing by way of loîc pringent, and appreciated the quirky editing and visual affects. you got to see marc jacobs at both studios, as well as traveling between the two. documented was the process of creating collections for his own name sake label and at louis vuitton. the title is fitting, quite literally, because you understood the balance between the two, the differences and the the similarities. as a must see for all fashion kids, you see that marc jacobs is an icon of fashion and creativity unlike any other. he has allowed the globalization of fashion to come together effortlessly. his approach to publicity and his approach to art have paved the way for the fashion industries evolution, and that’s not to mention his exceptional level of execution with designing handbags, and creating campaigns that go against the grain. the documentary provides insight to the ways in which marc collections inspiration and entertainingly gives you an exclusive look into his life. this is one of my favorite documentaries, as an american- to understand that true taste can be culminated in a number of ways through unexpected forms of inspiration. marc is an unforgettable character, even outside his iconic career. due to it’s international appeal, this one might be harder to find.


P1NEW YORK – i discovered this documentary filmed by former model, sara ziff, when i had that annoying moment in new york with the PR bitch from hell. after experiencing a bit of fashion, from a real perspective, i questioned whether or not i was moving in the right direction. the story that sara ziff captured in this documentary provided a harsh and realistic experience in the world of high fashion. speaking with models about their experiences, the documentary is glaring and some times uncomfortable. race was not addressed in the documentary, and only one glimpse of naomi campbell was seen. it documents sara getting signed to an agency and booking a tommy hilfiger campaign, as well as booking a runway casting for marc jacobs. also discussed are the attitudes towards the large sums of money that models are paid and how behavior of individuals around them may shift because of it. the interesting, not so progressional approach, to the way that this documentary was captured allows for a greater sense of grit to be experienced. filmed by ziff’s then boyfriend, ole schell, the couple experience the incredible highs of being a high fashion model and discover many of the dark sides. in high fashion, many have heard the stories of terry richardson, and his sexual exploits with young models whom he basically victimizes. while the documentary doesn’t point directly at him, and terry makes a cutting cameo without any real camera air time, many of the stories that the models mentioned seemed to be associated with him. using vague vocabulary like, ‘well known photographer’ protected the models from suffering filing of lawsuits, but it was clear who a couple of the models were talking about. gripping and emotional, the documentary maintains its sense of realness as a range of models are interviewed throughout, edited in a way that supports the experiences that ziff speaks out about. the one down side for this documentary is that is does not involve models of color. truth be told, a greater issue would have been discussed otherwise. this is probably one of the realest documentaries about modeling i have seen, there are no others like it on the market. it took home ‘best fashion film’ at the milan international film festival. a must see for any aspiring models, who may not be as aware of the true price models pay for the glitz and glamour of the illustrious fashion industry.

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