Fashion, life

Another Weekend…

Stressful weeks seem to outnumber calm weeks at the moment, so another weekend spent relaxing and recuperating – though Dan rehearsed with the Brave Sons ahead of their gig this coming Wednesday at the Nursery Tavern, Coventry [alas, this has now been cancelled in a bout of double-booking fun]. We did, though, watch The September Issue, RJ Cutler’s documentary following Anna Wintour and her Vogue US staff, and their efforts to put together their September 2007 issue – the biggest of the magazine’s history. It was hard not to agree with Wintour’s own daughter when she answered ‘no’ when asked a question about whether she intended to follow in her mother’s foot steps: there’s more to life than fashion – though the behaviour on show here might not have suggested that! Wintour, in fact, was one of the few people  who seemed to recognise – particularly when discussing her more seriously-occupied siblings – that fashion was an ephemeral old business.

In that exchange, too, was the core of the film’s main conflict, between Wintour and her talented fashion editor, Grace Coddington. Coddington’s preternatural eye for the look and feel of a photograph is praised by all; Wintour’s steely determination simply to turn out a polished, cohesive issue which stays ahead of the market is also noted by every participant, and yet seemed a flintier talent next to Grace’s art, even when it was deemed excess to requirements (shades of Slings & Arrows, Dan thought). Wintour herself, one suspects, knows that – and thus those famous sunglasses…

Finally, Dan’s review of Deborah Biancotti’s strong collection of short stories, A Book of Endings, is up at Strange Horizons today.


2 thoughts on “Another Weekend…

  1. danhartland says:

    Not at all, Deborah – many thanks for dropping by and letting me know!

    Really enjoyed A Book of Endings – the very best of luck with it to you. 🙂

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