With the holiday season fast approaching, and family time in full effect, I thought “what would The Blonde & The Brunette readers enjoy a bit more of during this season”? If you’re anything like me, this season is all about lighting the fireplace, a cup of hot cocoa, a cozy blanket and a great film!
I’ve done my best to organize a list of my top 11 favorite fashion films! It was too hard to pick just 10! Now, grab yourself a big warm cup of cocoa and enjoy!
- The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
This film is the adaptation of Lauren Weisberger’s novel about life as Anna Wintour’s assistant at Vogue. While Anne Hathaway is good as the simplistic, bookish, overworked Andy, it’s Meryl Streep as heavily Wintour-inspired Miranda Priestly who makes the movie such a pleasure to watch.
- The September Issue (2009)
Speaking of…Devil Wears Prada, this documentary shows audiences what makes the real Anna Wintour tick. The documentary follows the Vogue staff as they put together the year’s biggest and most important issue, The September Issue! Although all kinds of fashion names (Karl Lagerfeld, Jean-Paul Gaultier, André Leon Talley, etc.) have appearances, it’s creative director Grace Coddington, who often clashes with Wintour’s bottom-line sensibilities.
- Unzipped (1995)
Unzipped documents flamboyant designer (and, most recently, a judge and mentor on Bravo’s The Fashion Show) Isaac Mizrahi as he puts together a Fall 1994 collection. From Mizrahi’s big personality to the supermodels who populate the film (Naomi. Cindy. Linda. Kate. Padma) to the ’90s fashion nostalgia, this one is a great late-night choice. Unfortunately, it seems Mizrahi wasn’t a big fan of Unzipped. The film was directed by his then-boyfriend, Douglas Keeve, and the couple eventually broke up because of it.
- Valentino: The Last Emperor (2008)
This documentary follows one of our greatest living fashion designers as he prepares for a 2007 show that was both a tribute to a career that spanned five decades and Valentino Garavani’s professional swan song. What makes it truly unique (and heartwarming) is its tender depiction of the 50-year relationship between Valentino and Giancarlo Giammetti, his practical-minded partner in business and live.
- Coco Before Chanel (2009)
Coco Chanel is one of fashion’s all-time most fascinating figures, hence the numerous amount of movies about her. In this one, Audrey Tatou stars as the young Gabrielle Chanel, who slept her way into high society before meeting the man — and finding the career — she loved.
- Zoolander (2001)
I’m pretty sure Ben Stiller’s most memorable character will always be Derek Zoolander — a vain, dumb and completely hilarious male model a decade or so past his prime who allows himself to be dragged into an international assassination plot. If you have already seen this film, once is enough. Otherwise, it is a must see just once in your life! The David Bowie cameo alone is worth your time.
- Prêt-à-Porter (1994)
Prêt-à-Porter has the honor of being one of Robert Altman’s worst films. It is comprised of several illusions that take place around a single Paris fashion show. If nothing else, this dark comedy is at least worth watching for its memorable cast: Marcello Mastroianni, Sophia Lauren, Lily Tomlin, Forest Whitaker, Lauren Bacall, Tracey Ullman, and Julia Roberts whom all make appearances in the film.
- Blow-Up (1966)
Ever wonder why so many Italian movies of the late ’60s early ’70s were so obsessed with the fashion industry? It probably had something to do with this 1966 masterpiece “Blow-Up”. This was Michelangelo Antonioni’s first English-language feature. The story follows a British fashion photographer who takes a photo of something he shouldn’t have seen. Quite an interesting film.
- Factory Girl (2006)
Based on the rise and fall of socialite Edie Sedgwick, concentrating on her relationships with Andy Warhol. The clothes in this movie… a mixture of black leotards and enormous animal skins, and not to mention she spent a good part of the film in nothing more than a pair of tights. I died for the fact that wherever she went her piles of necklaces and assortment of rings followed. <3
- Catwalk (1966)
This film follows the classic supermodel Christy Turlington throughout a busy year in the early 1990’s and explores the complicated relationship that can arise between models and designers.
- Funny Face (1957)
Audrey Hepburn takes the stage in this musical of a young bookseller whose “new and fresh” look is noticed by a fashion photographer, played by Fred Astaire, who takes her to Paris and launches her modeling career. Audrey Hepburn movies can do no wrong in my eyes.
What are YOUR favorite fashion inspired films? BnB would LOVE to know!