Last night mom and I had a girls’ night out and enjoyed “The September Issue” at [The Moxie](http://www.moxiecinema.com/). The film follows Vogue editor Anna Wintour as she and her team put together the 2007 September issue of the magazine. At over 800 pages and a weight of 5 pounds, it’s the largest magazine ever produced. It was amazing to see how it all comes together and how Anna oversees all the details. I really enjoyed following her to fashion week in New York and Paris and revisiting styles from two years ago (which haven’t changed much).
The real star of the film is Grace Coddinton, Vogue’s creative director. She began her career as a model until a car crash ended her career and she joined British Vogue, then went on to American Vogue about 20 years ago. She and Anna started at the same time and it’s apparent they have a lot of respect for each other. It’s also obvious Anna gets the last word!
Amid all the glitz and glamour of the fashion world is a staff who is overworked, driven, opinionated and very talented. I was amused to see that most of the editors dressed in the same clothing day after day and wore little to no makeup. Grace’s frizzy red mane rarely changed and she spent her days in drab black ensembles with few accessories. So much for the glamourous life! Even Anna seemed to wear the same type of clothing daily although her appearance was polished and professional. I saw no signs of Botox or plastic surgery on anyone’s face. Not what I expected in a world that focuses on appearance.
On the way home I explained to mom that people really do wear and buy couture and that most runway fashions are tweaked for mass marketing. It was a fun way to spend an evening and I really enjoyed seeing how a big magazine comes to life. Next up, mom and I plan to catch “Coco Before Chanel” when it begins this weekend.