The only movie that’s made me laugh harder than The September Issue this year is The Hangover.
Anna Wintour is funny; my mascara is smudged from tears of laughter. The film may start out with Anna saying that fashion’s picked on because people are bitter they aren’t a cool kid, but she only gets more human from there and by the end you might even want to hug her.
Grace Coddington is, as reported, the real star of the movie. Her inner turmoil over the changing industry and her role in Anna’s history plays out on screen and one can’t help but sympathize with her as Anna cancels more and more of her shoots.
The movie travels from New York to Paris for couture to London for a meeting with Mario Testino to Rome for Sienna’s shoot and back to New York to close the issue and present it to Si Newhouse. In Paris, we cringed when Anna shut Stefano Pilati down; in London we laughed at Mario’s grandly cinematic ideas and in Rome we admired Sienna’s energy and Sally Singer’s patience.
Anna takes control of everything, from the Gap/CFDA collaborations to finding a consultant for Mango (Thakoon?) to the textures in one of Grace’s editorials — living proof of the cerulean speech. Of course, the most fascinating part is watching people cower in her presence. Edward Enninful says, “I want to kill myself,” Oscar De La Renta eliminates a look, Grace hopes she doesn’t get fired and in fact, only Karl Lagerfeld is praised. He presents Anna with a boucle jacket named for the editor and she declares it “beautiful.”
We don’t want to give too much away, so just know that it’s amazing and worth more than your twelve dollars. Also know that the lingering shot of Fiji water bottles inside Andre Leon Talley’s Louis Vuitton tennis trunk have become 100% more symbolic.