New York Fashion Week opened earlier this week, and we’re celebrating with a list of essential fashion documentaries that go behind the scenes of the industry. Legendary designers, the business of modeling, and Fashion Week itself are all explored in these insider docs covering the catwalks of Italy and Paris, art galleries during the 1980s, and the streets of New York City on an old Schwinn with camera in hand. Feel free to add to add your own picks, below. … Read More
What’s more entertaining than getting an inside glimpse at a star-studded fashion party? Well, lots of things, as far as we’re concerned. But what’s far more entertaining is the video style site The Coveteur made in honor of its relaunch. The clip takes us into just such a shindig — except the roles of famous fashionistas are all played by little kids. Mini Kanye West and Kim Kardashian make dreamy eyes at each other. Mini Rachel Zoe, lost inside an enormous leopard coat, chats up the Courtin-Clarins girls. Mini Karl Lagerfeld cuddles a fluffy stuffed cat and speaks in a hilarious faux accent. Mini Man Repeller has already Tumbled the party, obviously. And mini Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington are just simply the cutest thing we’ve ever seen. Click through to watch the clip. … Read More
Christmas may be right around the corner, but there is never a bad time for a collection of pet portraits shot at New York’s annual Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade — especially when they’re as striking as Winnie Au’s. The NYC-based photographer writes that she took pictures of 80 dogs in four hours on the day of the parade. The shots below, which we found via Behance, are clearly the cream of the adorable crop. Page through to find Karl Lagerfeld (with his owner, Anna Wintour), an MTA bus, and Lady Gaga as pooches, and see more of Au’s work at her website. … Read More
1. Last night HBO debuted yet another enigmatic teaser trailer for Season 2 of Game of Thrones. Watch the very dramatic, yet totally spoiler-free clip here.
2. The trailer for the third installment of the Men in Black franchise — which features Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones reprising their roles, as well… Read More
The work of photographer Roxanne Lowit depicts a vision of New York City that is now the stuff of legend. A fan-wielding Karl Lagerfeld (pictured with an almost baby-faced Anna Wintour) is nowhere near his current whittled down weight. Fixtures of the downtown scene like Andy Warhol, Basquiat, and Divine are all still alive and thriving. The original supermodels are not only in their prime; they’re all sitting at the same table, clowning around. Salvador Dalí kisses the hand of a woman young enough to be his granddaughter. If you’re in the mood for a little envy-inducing time travel, click through for a slideshow of our favorite shots. … Read More
To the delight of New Yorkers, Times readers, and street fashion fans alike, tomorrow brings the release of Bill Cunningham New York, a documentary about the bicycle-riding octogenarian whose photo collages have long been the best thing about the Styles section. Although he’s been on the scene for over four decades, Cunningham is a notorious loner, and this film — featuring interviews with everyone from Anna Wintour to Tom Wolfe — will be most fans’ first beyond-the-byline look at the photographer.
In celebration of Bill Cunningham New York, and because as far as we’re concerned, few things go together as well as film and fashion, we’ve compiled a list of fashion-themed movies you need to watch. From classic to campy, our picks are after the jump. … Read More
In the fantastic documentary The September Issue, we got a first-hand glimpse at the tension between Vogue‘s visionary creative director, Grace Coddington, and icy editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. The two fought about one photo in particular. Coddington loved the Jazz Age picnic image and intended to run it in the magazine. Wintour didn’t care for it. Guess who… Read More
All week, the media world has been buzzing over a New Yorker profile of Gawker mogul Nick Denton packed with harsh quotes and anecdotes from his current and former employees, along with no small number of Denton’s own zingers. Strangely, his isn’t the only piece on a controversial journalist to appear this week. The Daily Beast has run a profile on Cathy Horyn, the Times writer it characterizes as “fashion’s most feared critic.”
It’s natural for media types to be fascinated with their own kind, and articles on those who have become especially divisive can generate juicy headlines. (Of course, sometimes they also say more about the personality writing the piece than the one being profiled.) After the jump, we take a look at the Denton and Horyn clips, plus eight more profiles of controversial journalists. … Read More
The internet is home to a glut of information on how to fake your way in to New York Fashion Week (seriously, Google it). But for the hundreds who desperately want in there are thousands who don’t understand why this week, or its worldwide counterparts, matter. New York Fashion Week has become an arena housing a spectacle of sartorial gladiators, a place to see and be seen, and a bit of an enigma to those who don’t work within the industry. … Read More
We can’t wait to see The September Issue, R. J. Cutler’s documentary treatment of queen bee fashion magazine Vogue. Aside from Anna Wintour, one of the film’s stars is Grace Coddington, the magazine’s longtime creative director. Where Wintour is known for her signature bob and sunglasses, Coddington’s trademarks are her red hair and barely-there eyebrows. We hesitate to say this because we’re not implying that anyone is a witch, but: Coddington really, really reminds of Bette Middler’s character in Hocus Pocus, the 1993 Disney Halloween comedy. It’s uncanny,… Read More