Vogue's Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington before a fashion show.

I (finally!) watched The September Issue tonight, and was struck by the complete contrast between Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour and Creative Director Grace Coddington. The perfectly-coiffed, tight-lipped Anna is the epitome of British restraint, impossibly thin and always detachedly poised. Grace, on the other hand, sports a wild red mane of frizzy hair and walks with the awkward stride of a lanky 13 year old. Yet Anna’s perfect composure comes off as cold and boring, while Grace’s clumsiness seems artistic and is utterly endearing. It’s hilarious to watch Grace tell it like it is, and you feel like she’s conspiring with you when she sticks up for the cameraman’s potbelly or purposefully brings up budget issues on camera to make Anna squirm. The film is meant to show the Vogue bar of perfection set high, but instead it’s a study in imperfect beauty. 

(Image care of the New York Times)

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