Sunday, May 6, 2012

Seamless Review

I recently watched the documentary Seamless on Netflix. It was AMAZING! Its all about the first ever Vogue/CFDA award, and follows three of ten young finalists. The finalists followed are Doo-ri Chung of Doo.Ri, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler, and Alexandre Plokhov of Cloak.   Proenza Schouler won that year, with Alexandre as a runner up. It was interesting to see some of the other names in the mix that year, though, such as Peter Som and Derek Lam, both of whom are now fairly successful. Looking through the names of the finalists in past years of the award, its a weird mix of names that I immediately recognize (Altuzurra, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Rodarte, Jason Wu) and those that I have never even seen before. 

The movie also brought to my attention a little piece of reality my dreams of a career in fashion have blocked out. Many people in fashion are broke. Even designers that are succesfull and well known can be broke. Success does not necessarily mean money (in the fashion industry). For instance, one of the brands up for the award in 2011 was SUNO, a fairly well known, seemingly successful brand, that is a personal favorite of mine. The film details the "brokeness" of many designers, hence the hefty cash prize that comes with the award. However, there was one line that stood out to me. In defense of the fashion industry's profitablity, someone tells the crew to "go to the house of Valentino, and see what fashion can buy" (cut to shots of the ridiculously lavish mansion). 

Fashion is crazy difficult, but I believe in doing what you love. The movie highlighted both of those points, which I enjoyed. The cast of commentators is on par if not better than The September Issue (my all time favorite fashion movie), featuring tons of clips with Anna Wintour, Sally Singer (a personal favorite),   Tom Ford, and of course the designers themself, including the hilarious and adorable Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler. All in all, it was a GREAT movie. I highly recommend it. 

Kiss Kiss,

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