Documentary Watch: Bill Cunningham New York

Bill Cunningham is arguably the ultimate fashion trend forecaster. For decades he has been photographing not only what the people of NYC are wearing on the street but how. He is loved and celebrated by his coworkers at the New York Times and the entire New York fashion world as being the ultimate source for what’s happening in fashion right now and where the trends are going next. Not caring about class, his subjects range from strangers on the street jumping over rain puddles to high powered Fashion bigwigs such as Vogue‘s Editor-In-Chief Anna Wintour. This type of professional clout would surely provide most photographers wealth and access to the powerful but Bill Cunningham will have none of that. Not only does Bill detest money but he refuses to be a slave to it. Having turned opportunities to cash in on his talents he prefers a simpler life of traveling around town on his old crappy bike, wearing a street sweepers jacket, and living in a tiny studio apartment with no bathroom and kitchen. Bill’s level of dedication and high level of ethics is unbelievable and should make all of us press the pause button and question the things we do to get ahead. He is a simple man doing extraordinary work that future generations will look back at for many years to come.

If you’re involved in the fashion world or work in any creative field then this is the movie for you. I rarely see a movie twice but I will be sure to watch Bill Cunningham New York again and again so I can be reminded of why we sometimes have to make great sacrifices for our art. Watch the trailer for the movie after the jump.

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The September Issue

I just got back from watching The September Issue and could not wait to blog about it. This documentary revolves around Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine. Anna is the undisputed queen of fashion having everyone from Oscar De La Renta to Karl Lagerfeld listen to her every word. She has an affinity for wearing unbearable amounts of fur (think Cruella De Vil) and giving everyone the “ice woman” look of death. While the documentary was intended to focus on Anna, the real star of the doc is Vogue creative director Grace Coddington. Grace’s amazing direction in photoshoots and dry sense of humor hijack the documentary and make Anna a mear side note. I highly recommend this documentary to anyone interested in publications, the fashion, or the creative world at large.  I left the theater feeling inspired to create, create, create!

Read the full movie synopsis after the jump

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