"Fashion is not about looking back, it's about looking forward" - Anna Wintour


The September Issue
Directed by R. J. Cutler

What is fashion? Is it truly possible to define it? For now, Anna Wintour will be the determinant of that. According to The September Issue, Wintour is the most influential face of fashion. This isn’t that surprising considering that she holds the position of editor of Vogue, one of the most popular fashion magazines of the 21st Century.

Essentially, The September Issue is a documentary of Anna Wintour and her sidekick, the creative director of the magazine. Wintour eats, drinks, breathes and sleeps Vogue, or so it seems. One could argue, that she is, in fact, Vogue.

The September Issue did not entirely satisfy my expectations but it did give a nice brief overview of the behind the scenes of the editorial process of the September issue of Vogue magazine. I thought that the writing aspect of the magazine was completely overshadowed and that was very disappointing.  I was hoping to have a better idea of what to expect if I were ever to delve into the chaotic but fantastic world of a fashion magazine.

The photographic component of the magazine saved the day in The September Issue. It confirmed my belief that beauty can be found within very simple compositions. Evidently it can be found in very complex compositions as well, but that is more obvious. I absolutely loved discovering how editors can light up an outfit simply by creating a story for each, whether it be the location of the shoot, the people chosen to pose in the garments, the props or the models’ movements. It truly is a huge production. A lot of thought has to go into the process before everything is perfect and it isn’t always cotton candy, it can take quite a few tries before perfection is achieved.

As hectic as the work seems at a fashion magazine, it remains extremely alluring to me. My next step: working on my decisiveness because that is Anna Wintour’s greatest strength.