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Movie Review: The September Issue

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Sometimes life inspires art. Not too long ago, the life of Anna Wintour, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue magazine, inspired The Devil Wears Prada. In The September Issue we’re taken backstage into the real life fashion show that is Anna’s World. I had to wonder, on my way into the theatre, if taking part in this documentary was some PR move on the part of Ms. Wintour. Did being portrayed as an evil bitch by none other than Meryl Streep lead her to want to open up and show the public a softer side? And then the film began and the answer was… Hell, no. Anna is who she is, and you kind of have to love her for it.

She’s not an easy woman with whom to work, but her praise and approval, subtle and rare as it may be distributed, is like a drug to the people around her. Top designers quiver in front of her like nervous schoolchildren with late homework as she pops by fashion studios all over the world. “It’s not quite done,” they tell her about their latest lines wherever she goes. “They never are,” she says in a way that, rather than let the designer off the hook, suggests she’s not interested in excuses.