Behind the Cover


Let's face it. I cannot fall asleep before the clock strikes midnight. And while you can oftentimes find me in bed before ten, the lights won't go out (or rather the glow of my computer screen) until as late as two or three in the morning. Yes, even on school nights. I've found that whether you go to bed at ten or two really makes no difference--the lectures will put you to sleep regardless. So, last night after a pleasant and relaxing Mother's Day, I curled up and looked for a movie to watch. I was in the mood for a good film after seeing the total train wreck that was Something Borrowed. Don't get me wrong; it had its moments. The ending, however, was just plain awkward between the friendship and that initially cute but turned-out-to-be totally cheesy lead guy got what he wanted way too easily and sketchily for that matter. And poor, poor Ethan left hanging over there in London. Hopefully he finds his own Kate Middleton cause he was completely shafted by the brunette. So, I wanted something to make up for the $11.50 I wasted the night before (well not entirely, Caroline and I got many laughs out of that night).

I decided on non-fiction this go-around instead of the usual chick flick. Though it may surprise you I had not seen it before, I watched The September Issue and was totally immersed in the film as they followed Anna Wintour around for the months of planning their biggest issue of the year. You've most likely seen her portrayed as an ice woman in The Devil Wears Prada (and by the way, that movie should have been more appropriately named The Devil Wears Lagerfeld as she dons many a Chanel dress during her days spent at the office), but don't be so easily persuaded. Though she may not be bubbly and she's definitely no Southern gal, she's stern, decisive, yes, a tad stubborn, but really just excellent at what she does.

You get to see more than just Anna. Her creative director, Grace Coddington (the red head with Anna above), is heavily featured and you can see that she is the best of the best at what she does. Thought her opinions often clash with Miss Wintour, she makes up for what Anna lacks in the happy-go-lucky and smiley department. Hearts are warmed further as we see Anna out of her normal element--interacting with her daughter Bee and revealing that her family finds her job somewhat trivial. So, putting aside her reputation or the frivolity of her occupation, the woman is a master at what she does and she performs it with notable grace and poise.

While I was reminded of the scrutiny that comes along with this industry, I fell even more in love with the fast-paced atmosphere and cut throat edginess of it all. I thrive on pressure, so I think I'll be able to hang with the rest of them. But, even if you're not someone like me whose eyes glow at the sight of the Bible of fashion being produced, The September Issue is a sight to see. If you're still in question, watch the trailer here:

So the documentary proved to be more of a delight than the fiction love story. But I think we all knew I would instantly be fixed on a movie about fashion magazines, didn't we?