Lazy Winter Days

26 Jan

It’s been taking me an extra long time to get back into the swing of things so keeping up with vacation mode, I had a very lazy Sunday.  I have no idea what I needed a lazy Sunday for but I watched 2 great documentaries/movies. The first one I watched was a Fashion Television/CTV produced special called Vivienne Westwood’s London and the second one was Valentino the Last Emperor.

In Fashion Television’s Documentary Vivienne Westwood’s London, she shows all of her favourite places in London. Besides bringing punk into mainstream fashion and being a political activist, Westwood has a deep love for art, culture and her city of London. She really believes that as a society we need to embrace art and culture to understand the world we live in. Some of the places she showcases are the Courtauld Institute of Art, the Wallace Collection, Whitechapel (accompanied by Sarah Stockbridge), Hampton Court, the London Symphony OrchestraBrixton Market, Electric Avenue, and the National Gallery.

Even though it is not particularly new, I finally watched the documentary that was produced and directed by Matt Tyrnauer (special correspondent for Vanity Fair); Valentino the Last EmperorThe documentary follows legendary designer Valentino Garavani and his longtime partner of 50 years Giancarlo Giammetti  through various events including his 45 year anniversary in fashion, the company being sold, fashion shows and Valentino doing what he does best, designing beautiful clothes. Besides his famous Valentino Red and haute couture fashion the film really captures the partnership between him and Giammetti, and what the fashion industry has become.

Viewing both of these films, made me remember why I truly love fashion.  Watching the exquisite clothes produced by Valentino gave me a feeling I really cannot describe in words. It is similar to the way Vivienne Westwood was looking at art in the galleries in London. I think both of these designers come from the old-school way of thinking and designing; they are some of the last of the great artists. If you have a chance and love fashion, I highly recommend both of these. You will truly appreciate the craft of designing and the world of art.

I also thought of a few things I need to do in my life after watching both of these:

1. Move

2. Go to a fashion show (and not just one at the local mall)



One Response to “Lazy Winter Days”

  1. GDR-A January 27, 2011 at 4:11 pm #

    I’ll have to rent those films… I saw the Coco Chanel film recently – it was pretty interesting but not so focused on the fashion but her life.

    Also, I’ve been dying to talk to you about my trip in November to London, England. The fashion was incredible. I kept wishing you were there with me to appreciate it.

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