11 hours ago | By Lizzy Bowring
It is nearly fashion month; when the global cities of New York, London, Milan and Paris come to life with catwalk shows, presentations and stellar street style, kicking off on September 7th. Ahead of this busy month we asked our global WGSN editors to nominate their favourite fashion movies, the films that make them laugh and smile, remind them of their first internships, and the magic of working in an industry that they love.
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Mrs ‘Arris goes to Paris
– Carlene Thomas-Bailey, Senior Editor.
“This is a fashion film with a difference and I love it. The premise? A little washer-woman from the UK dreams about saving up all her money to travel to Paris and buy a dress from Chanel. It’s such a fantastic movie on so many levels, 1) It’s Angela, 2) I love the idea that in this immediate fast fashion world, Angela waits and saves up for a dream piece of couture fashion, 3) it’s a feel-good movie, with lots of Pretty Women style ‘haute couture is not the place for you snottiness’ but she overcomes it, and gets her dress.”
Her, Sidney Morgan-Petro,
-Sidney Morgan-Petro, Retail Editor.
“Ok, this is not a traditional fashion movie, but the Spike Jonze flick offers a very interesting look at fashion nonetheless. The film is set in the future, but I loved that the clothes didn’t look super futuristic, or over the top, they just had subtle changes and shifts in silhouettes that were just different enough that while watching it you understood it was another time.”
“This one is such a visual trip as the entire movie looks like it was filmed with the Valencia Instagram filter. Prim nostalgia meets girl/boy scouts, so nerdy it’s cool.”
– Jian DeLeon, Senior Menswear Editor.
“This is a 1978 Jamaican film that features some of the most seminal reggae stars in their prime, like Leroy “Horsemouth” Wallace, Gregory Isaacs, and Burning Spear. The style runs the gamut from tracksuits to overalls, with a healthy smattering of tucked tees, DIY patches, berets, and of course—plenty of Clarks footwear. Jamaican patois can be difficult for outsiders to understand, but I think the juxtaposition of different styles really complement the pidgin language that enabled reggae to become such a cross-cultural phenomenon.”
Devil Wears Prada
Sarah Owen, Digital Media & Marketing Senior Editor.
“I know, I know, it’s the most quoted fashion film, and the GIFs and memes are endless. But it’s still a classic and it’s also very personal as my friends and I all watched it together the day before I left Australia to head to New York for a fashion internship at Vogue.”
Bill Cunningham New York
-Petah Marian, Senior Editor of Retail Intelligence.
“It’s Bill. That statement in itself should be enough actually, but I’ll add a little more. Bill Cunningham, to me, was always the person who saw the magic of fashion and also the reality. He understood that clothes can transport you somewhere and make you dream, but that they also need to sell off the shelf. As a retail editor, having that sensibility is important to my role, and I’m just gutted that he’s no longer with us.”
Andrea Bell, Executive Editor, Americas
“To me, Diana Ross just emanates style, whether on the stage or screen. I was looking through her acting backlog to choose the perfect movie and it was a battle between this and The Wiz (a classic, go watch it). I loved this story though because it tells the tale of a passionate wannabe designer, who lives and breathes fashion, and is trying to make it. I also loved that in the story she is from Chicago, so many American fashion dream tales are set in New York, I like that she was giving a shout out to the rest of America.”
The Royal Tenenbaums
-Ali Lind, Mindset consultant.
“I love Wes Anderson films, and this one had an underlying sense of humour while having a very clear aesthetic. Margot has definitely become a bit of a style icon now.”
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