Good things come in threes, like this trio of springtime style flicks covering one of our favorite subjects...fashion!
Dior and I
Released Sunday, April 12, this documentary details the insane amount of work, tenacity and heart that went into the first Dior collection presented by the fashion house’s newly appointed creative director, Raf Simons. Using behind-the-scenes footage, director Frédéric Tcheng brings the house’s drama to life, yielding a must-see for aspiring designers and fans of the luxury line alike.
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Excellently accessorized with her iconic, oversized, thick-rimmed round glasses, 93-year-old Iris Apfel is one of the most recognizable faces in fashion, and the kind of person that young fashionista women (and many men) aspire to be when they grow up. Her career spans massively influential decades of style and her fun-loving outlook on life is as refreshing as it is inspirational. This documentary from director Albert Maysles gives a glimpse into Apfel’s life, trailing her as she navigates her fast-paced and glamorous world, from party hopping and handling her career to settling into intimate moments at home with husband Carl Apfel. Set to release on April 29, Iris is a sweet and stylish portrait of a woman who never ceases to amaze.
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Starring Gaspard Ulliel as a young Yves Saint Laurent, this stunning biopic set to drop in the U.S. on May 8 is a visual spectacle chronicling the life of this seminal French fashion favorite. Director Bertrand Bonello presents an ode to haute couture as told through the clothes showcased throughout the film, starting the story at the height of Saint Laurent’s influence and popularity, and jumping around through time to highlight essential epochs of the designer’s career. While the non-linear plot can be a bit rocky to follow at times, the cultural impact of the quintessential fashion house remains crystal clear.
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Instagram has always been a favorite of the fashion world. We love following our favorite brands, models, fashion editors, and stylists to see how they throw their looks and images together.
Well, as it turns out, some of the best dressed people on Instagram aren't even people. They're dogs!
Of course, clothing one’s dog is nothing new. Artist William Wegman has been dressing up and photographing his Weimaraners dogs for decades – one of them, Man Ray, was even voted the Village Voice’s “Man of the Year” in 1982.
But today's dog style has gone beyond fierce. It's absolutely rabid. Check out the latest wave of sartorial dogstagrammers. They might just be able to teach you a trick or two!
WHAT TO SEE: Alex of Venice
Actor Chris Messina makes an impressive directorial debut in this intimate movie about workaholic environmental attorney Alex (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) who is forced to reinvent her life after her husband suddenly leaves. Faced with the humdrum and sometimes catastrophic events that permeate the fabric of our lives, Alex discovers both a vulnerability and inner strength she had not yet tapped while trying to hold together her broken family. The film is a sensitive character piece that works as another strong showcase for Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who is quickly establishing herself as one of the preeminent actresses of the American indie movie scene. Meanwhile, Don Johnson’s portrayal as Alex’s father is a reminder that his talent remains unappreciated.
Opens April 17. Alex of Venice
WHAT TO READ: A Fine Romance by Candice Bergen
You’ve got to love Candice Bergen. Despite her patrician good looks, Swiss boarding school upbringing, Beverly Hills lifestyle, and a hefty collection of Emmys, she’s a regular woman who’s hauling around the usual overflowing cartload of guilt, insecurities, disappointments and embarrassments. In A Fine Romance (her second stunningly candid autobiographical work), Bergen shares the events that have shaped the latter part of her life: her marriage to famed director Louis Malle, the birth of her daughter, Murphy Brown, widowhood, falling in love again, and watching her daughter blossom. Engaging, intelligent, and wittingly self-deprecating, the book succeeds in a way a good memoir should..with humor, confidence, and candor.
Available now on Amazon
WHAT TO HEAR: Wilder Mind by Mumford & Sons
It turns out that Mumford & Sons were never really a folk band. They just played acoustic instruments. In their upcoming album Wilder Mind, the band makes a bold move to chart new territory with a rocking electric sound. Trading in their trademark banjos and harmonious crescendos for a rocking electric sound filled with relentless energy, they blew away the audience this week on SNL debuting two new songs, The Wolf and Believe. Critics are comparing their new sound to some of the best work done by bands like The Foo Fighters. Looks like they’ll be alright without the banjos.
Wilder Mind releases on May 4. Watch the video for “The Wolf.”
WHAT TO WATCH: Orphan Black
While much of the nation revels in the drama of Game of Thrones, the critically-acclaimed Orphan Black is the best tv show you’re not watching. The show’s very first episode had a memorably wild start. A streetwise young woman named Sarah is waiting on a subway platform when a stranger jumps in front of an oncoming train and dies. And the suicide victim is her twin! Sarah impulsively dons the identity of the dead doppelganger and tumbles into a world of clones, mad scientists, and conspiracy plots. The show’s incredible attention to detail and character, as well as the dizzying multiple performances of star actress Tatiana Maslany, have earned Orphan Back a rabid and growing following. Binge watch the first two seasons now and get ready to jump on board for season three!
Season 3 of Orphan Black premieres Saturday on BBC America, AMC, IFC, Sundance TV and WEtv.
Just like the wine from which it gets its name, burgundy is a color that should be savored.
We've been seeing burgundy on some of our favorite fashionistas over the past few seasons (and especially during this most recent NY Fashion Week.) And it is actually a bit of a surprise that it hasn’t had its moment in the fashion spotlight sooner. After all, while we love seeing the head-to-toe burgundy look with variations in texture, this is a color that works well with almost any other hue on the color wheel. It's also flattering on most skin tones and the choice to go with burgundy, rather than a more traditional color, also says a lot about the person wearing it.
Those who chose to wear burgundy like to take refined risks with their fashion. It's a color that doesn't bring up any immediate connotations, which makes it all the more attractive as you can imbue the color with your own personal sartorial perspective.
So go on and invest in a bit of burgundy. It'll look great on you!
One of the things that we love most about our hometown NYC is its incredible vibrancy and energy. No matter what time of day (or night), you need only walk right outside your door to feel it. The hustle. The bustle. We absolutely love it.
That's why the recent snow storm that threatened to paralyze the city was such a shock. While it wasn't enough to shut the city down, it did clear out the crowds as many people decided to hunker down and stay home.
Naturally, this made it the perfect time to shoot a rarely-ever empty New York City. Who better to capture this fleeting moment than our fellow native New Yorker Vivienne Gucwa? Vivienne has been capturing the energy of the city through her lens. She's behind the recently released NY Through the Lens, a 192 paperback book that Yahoo News described as "filled with beautiful images that capture the color, vibrancy, artistry and uniqueness of New York City."
Speaking of shooting during this snow storm, Vivienne said:
"I've been photographing New York City during snowstorms for the last five years and it's the first time I have ever experienced streets that were eerily empty. There wasn't even the comforting presence of taxi cabs in the streets!"
"New York City is a city that is constantly evolving in one way or the other. Having grown up in New York City, there is a palpable tension that I have experienced my whole life where nostalgia constantly bumps heads with the rapid rate of change that occurs in every aspect of life here. I absolutely love this tension. It makes photographing and writing about the city a bittersweet challenge."