5 of the Best: Fashion Films

From humble beginnings to the heights of society, Coco Before Chanel tells the astonishing story of Gabrielle Chanel, the legendary couturier who become a timeless symbol of success, freedom and style. Amélie star Audrey Tautou stars as legendary fashion designer Coco Chanel in this biopic penned by director Anne Fontaine and screenwriter Camille Fontaine in collaboration with Christopher Hampton.

The September Issue is a documentary by R.J. Cutler, which focuses on US Vogue editor and icon Anna Wintour’s preparations for the 2007 fall-fashion issue. Taking us behind her trademark bob and huge sunglasses, The September Issue is a revealing look at the inner workings and glamour of the fashion industry. The film also stars Grace Coddington, whose fame grew dramatically after the film was released.

In Clueless, Alicia Silverstone sparkles as Cher, the matchmaking 15-year-old Beverly Hills High schooler who has shopping and boys on her mind, but mostly shopping. The film also stars Stacey Dash as Cher’s fashionable best friend, the late Brittany Murphy as a dowdy transfer student and Paul Rudd as Cher’s sensitive step-brother.  Be warned: you’ll have an HUGE urge to wear long socks with a plaid skirt after watching this film- got to love the 90’s! “Whatever!”

The hit HBO series Sex and the City catwalks its way onto the big screen in this feature-film that fans clamoured for. Sarah Jessica Parker returns as Carrie Bradshaw, the ever-stylish journalist whose romantic exploits were the key focus of the show. As were her ensembles. Who can forget her breathtaking Vera Wang wedding dress, complete with feather headpiece?

Lauren Weisberger’s best-selling novel The Devil Wears Prada makes an entertaining big screen debut. A bright, young woman named Andrea ‘Andy’ Sachs (Anne Hathaway) comes to New York and scores a job as the assistant to one of the city’s biggest magazine editors, the ruthless and cynical Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep). Andy’s makeover from frumpy to fabulous is one of the film’s highlights.

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