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The First Monday in May

Every year, New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art is the venue for the Costume Institute Gala (usually known as the “Met Gala” or the “Met Ball”). It’s an annual fundraising gala for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. The Gala has become one of the biggest global fashion events and it marks the grand opening of the Institute’s annual fashion exhibit, with a specific theme each year. The theme becomes the formal dress code for the Gala evening and guests interpret it to dress accordingly.

This movie follows curator Andrew Bolton’s creation of the 2015 theme “China: Through the Looking Glass”. He collaborates with Vogue Editor-in-Chief, Anna Wintour, as he sets out to design an exhibit that’s even more stunning than the benchmark he set with his Alexander McQueen exhibit “Savage Beauty” several years earlier. The movie includes appearances by filmmaker Kar-Wai Wong and fashion designers Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Paul Gaultier and John Galliano.  Several contemporary stars also appear (such as Rihanna) as the Gala is attended by anyone who’s anyone. It’s an interesting documentary and if you liked The September Issue or Valentino: The Last Emperor you’ll like this one too.

Made in 2016. Directed by Andrew Rossi.

 
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Posted by on June 23, 2016 in Movies

 

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Lagerfeld Confidential

Karl Lagerfeld is a German fashion designer, artist and photographer who is now based in Paris. He is most well known as head designer and creative director of the French fashion house Chanel and the Italian house Fendi. He also has his own successful label. As a recognised style icon, his trademark is his white hair tied back in a ponytail, his dark glasses and his stiff, high white collars. He is an enigma – a mysterious man with multiple layers and facets. This documentary follows his activities for several months to try to get closer to him and understand how he thinks.

I love watching movies like this. It’s a documentary that’s a “fly on the wall” biopic to show Karl Lagerfeld doing his day-to-day ordinary things. There’s no doubt that he is eccentric – he won’t be photographed without his glasses – and he’s an excellent artist – we watch him sketch several times, which is magical. But he presents a dilemma – confusing and highly fascinating at the same time – he’s direct and honest about himself, but can also get into long raves about his life philosophies that perhaps make sense only to him. The movie makes a big fuss about Nicole Kidman being part of it, but she doesn’t feature for long. I was far more interested in the surprise appearance of Princess Caroline of Monaco at a private function. I’m not sure that we are any better informed about Karl Lagerfeld at the conclusion of the movie, but it’s good to watch if you like this type of thing.

Made in 2007. Directed by Rodolophe Marconi,

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2015 in Movies

 

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