If you're anything like us at this time of year, you've spent hours traveling by plane, train, or automobile to the town--tiny or not--that you grew up in order to spend some relaxing days with your family and friend.
Left with no work assignments to complete (we hope), and having accomplished all your gift giving goals you desperately need a fashion fix...and boy have we got you covered. What follows is a comprehensive list list of the most fabulous of fab fashion films to get you through those cold hard winter nights in EverywherebutNewYorkville, USA.
Add your own suggestions in the comments. Happy couching!
1. Funny Face (1957)
Featuring Edith Head's costume direction of Hubert de Givenchy, this tale is loosely based on the early career of Dick Avedon and features many of his iconic photographs...
Plus, Audrey Hepburn dancing:
2. Qui êtes-vous, Polly Maggoo? (1966)
It's a mad, mod, model's world in this 1966 spoof of the fashion industry's nutty ways. And maybe a source of inspiration for Marc Jacob's spring collection?
3. Blow-Up (1966)
Antonioni's classic has become the inspiration for countless collections. Either a swinging '60s tale of model obsession and intrigue...or the blueprint for Terry Richardson's success?
4. Mahogany (1975)
Diana Ross codifies both the rags to riches model and designer tale in this over-the-top '70s sensation of a film.
It also gave us "Do You Know Where You're Going To?"
5. Eyes of Laura Mars (1978)
Priceless, if only for its photo shoot sequence set in Columbus Circle featuring burning cars and supermodel Lisa Taylor (watch it below). Faye Dunaway stars as fashion photographer Laura Mars who accidentally captures a serial killer with her lens--Tommy Lee Jones is the detective that helps her try to stop the killer.
6. Portfolio (1983)
Rare Find: A star-studded cast of modeling's A-list (Carol Alt, Paulina Porizkova, Kelly Emberg)--along with Steven Meisel, and Antonio Lopez--make this a must-see for anybody craving a glimpse into the tail end of New York's freewheeling Studio 54 era.
Someone has uploaded the entire thing onto YouTube. Thanks, Internet. In the words of Steven Meisel, "Nastier! Wilder!"
7. Catwalk [VHS] (1995)
Follow Christy Turlington on her twice annual worldwide trip around the globe whence she allows designer runways to be touched by the divine undersides of her feet.
If you don't happen to have a VHS player lying around, someone uploaded it all onto YouTube in five parts.
8. Prêt-à-Porter (1994)
Despite its A-list cast (Sophia Loren, Lauren Bacall, Kim Basinger not to mention Robert Altman directing) and fab location shoots, a hot soundtrack may be the best take-away from this film. Remember "Here Comes the Hotstepper"?...
9. Unzipped (1995)
Douglas Keeve's documentary love note not only to New York fashion but to then-boyfriend Isaac Mizrahi.
10. Richard Avedon: Darkness and Light from American Masters (January 24, 1996)
Look through the master's lens into the world and work of Richard Avedon...fabulous...
11. Fashion Kingdom: Naomi Campbell, alternatively titled Naomi Conquers Africa (1998)
Rare find: A trip with Naomi and all of her supermodel friends (Kate included) to South Africa for a benefit show featuring the fashion of Gianni Versace...back in the days when a cell phone really was a cell phone...
12. Gia (1998)
Launching the career of then little-known actress Angelina Jolie this HBO film re-birthed the legend of model Gia Marie Carangi--one of the first publicly known personae to be taken by the growing AIDS epidemic…
13. Zoolander (2001)
Where would we be without "blue steel"?
It's time for a walk off!
14. and 15. The Yves Saint Laurent Collection: Yves Saint Laurent 5 Avenue Marceau 75116 Paris (2002) and L'Amour Fou (2010) Yves and Pierre: Truly a fashion odd couple if there ever was one. 5 Avenue Marceau offers a rare look at the master at work while L'Amour Fou focuses more on Saint Laurent's relationship with Pierre Bergé as he prepares for the 2009 auction of the couple's impressive art collection.
Yves Saint Laurent 5 Avenue Marceau 75116 Paris is available in nine parts on YouTube.
Watch the trailer for L'Amour Fou here:
16. Seamless (2005)
Douglas Keeve turns his documentary lens on fashion once more, chronicling the road to naming the first ever CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund recipients.
17. The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
The feel-good, fashion film made for each and every one of us who plays a game of "dodgebag" with our boss every morning. Oh, and Anna Wintour hated it.
The best scene:
18. Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton (2007)
Paris to New York, to Paris, to Tokyo and back...proof positive that none of us will ever be as cool (or land as fab a gig) as Marc Jacobs.
Hope your French is up to par...
19. Lagerfeld Confidential (2007)
Hopping aboard Kaiser Karl's cooky roadshow gives us a glimpse into the world of fashion's favorite outlandish, celebrity designer.
20. Valentino: The Last Emperor (2008)
Fake-baked and fabulous...this doc gives us Valentino, the master of red carpet. Truly opulent glamour.
21. Picture Me (2009)
Model and activist Sara Ziff shows the good, bad, and everything in between for the life of a working model.
22. Coco Before Chanel (2009)
Audrey Tatou's portrayal of Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel, paints the iconic designer as a scrappy survivor, flourishing in fashion fame while masking an elicit love affair.
23. Revealed CNN: Carine Roitfeld (2009)
Sex, cigs, and rock'n roll...life in the Roitfeld lane, or at least in the pages of French Vogue during her tenure.
Watch it in full on CNN.
24. The September Issue (2009)
A never-before-seen look at the making of Vogue's (at the time) largest ever issue (this past September topped it).
The movie that made Grace Coddington a star...
25. Desert Flower (2009)
Starring Liya Kebede, this intimately touching biopic chronicles Somali model Waris Dirie's journey from a childhood survivor of genital mutilation to Bond girl and later UN ambassador.
26. A Man's Story (2010)
A 360-degree look at the life and professional path of designer, and Savile Row legend Ozwald Boateng.
27. Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston (2010)
In the infinitely chic world of Roy Halston Frowick, lavish extravagance knew no limits.
28. Bill Cunningham New York (2010)
A peek behind the curtain at the fascinating life of the original street style photographer, Bill Cunningham. As Anna says, "We all get dressed for Bill."
The man, the myth, the legend...the sexy 5 o'clock shadow. Can anybody resist Tom Ford?
30. Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel (2011)
Follow fashion's OG oh-so-quoteable editrix, Diana Vreeland, from her days as a well-heeled delinquent to her tenure helming America's most influential style publication.
31. About Face: Supermodels Then and Now (2012)
Candid conversations with the modeling industry's million-dollar mugs. And who knew Jerry Hall and Carmen Dell-Orefice were so damn funny?
32. In Vogue: The Editor's Eye (2012)
Revealing interviews with Vogue's legendary fashion editors.