The September Issue, a wry, colorful and utterly winning documentary by R.J.Cutler about Anna Wintour putting together the all-important September issue of Vogue magazine, is out this Friday. With access to the complex creative processes that go into the biggest selling issue, we get a glimpse behind the trademark sunglasses and hair bob of this reigning force in fashion. She comes off tough and cool but also surprisingly quite appealing and hardly a devil in Prada. The most friction is the skirmishes with the brilliant and fascinating Vogue creative director Grace Coddington. But when all is said and done one can see Wintour respects and admires Grace and the head-butting is part of their relationship. We also see Anna’s warm devotion to her daughter and the fact that Wintour’s political, civic-minded, relatives look at what she does with some amusement. Watching Wintour encourage and promote young designers is inspiring. It’s also a flattering portrait of her keen eye and true passion for fashion.
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