Yes, ladies and gents. The moment has finally arrived where Derek Zoolander returns to the big screen. Zoolander 2 follows in the footsteps of its 2001 predecessor by lampooning the fashion world and its seeming vapidness and shallow obsession with youth and beauty. And in a genius marketing move, it's landing in theaters smack dab in the middle of New York Fashion Week. Like me, I'm sure you could all use a great laugh this weekend to escape the bitter cold. And after taking a fictitious journey through Ben Stiller's view of the fashion industry, head home to binge watch these all too real fashion documentaries. Get the real scoop behind some of your favorite designers and icons through a lens that shows respect, humor, and depth. Happy viewing.
Iris Apfel is a 93-year-old style icon known for her out of this world collection of jewelry. She has amassed a dedicated following akin to that of Kim K. She's full of wit, sass, and acute style advice. This documentary tells her story with compassion and warmth, and you'll surely finish the film hoping to have as much fun in old age as Mrs. Apfel.
2. Valentino: The Last Emperor
This film provides a rare behind-the-scenes look at one of fashion's most celebrated and peculiar figures. As the viewer, you get a glimpse into Valentino's creative work, his business, and his personal life. It's a poignant journey that's both fun and glamorous.
3. The September Issue
The Devil Wears Prada had an entire nation clamoring for some kind of insight into what life was really like at Vogue. Could Anna Wintour really be that cold? Were the employees really that afraid of her? The September Issue doesn't necessarily answer those questions, as it's calculated and not too revealing. But in watching the film, you bear witness to a birth of a new icon: Grace Coddington.
4. The Tents
Before New York Fashion Week started playing musical chairs and bouncing around chic Manhattan neighborhoods like an intense game of stylish ping pong, there were The Tents. Bryant Park was home to the original incarnation of Fashion Week when the industry was arguably at its most exclusive and daring peak. This doc revisits that golden era and instantly makes you nostalgic for the 90s.
5. Mademoiselle C
Carine Roitfield was Paris Vogue's editor-in-chief. But undoubtedly, her biggest contribution to fashion lies in the creation of her own quarterly mag, CR Fashion Book. This documentary takes you on the journey to bring this over-the-top fashion tome to life. And fellas, you should pay attention because CR Fashion Book just launched its first menswear issue in late 2015.