Marc Jacobs was appointed Creative Director at Louis Vuitton in 1997 to develop the first ready-to-wear line for the French luxury brand. In this 2007 documentary we get a look behind the scenes of Marc Jacobs’ own fashion label in the US and the offices and ateliers of the French luxury brand. We follow the designer from show to show, witness how he goes from inspiration to final product, how he and his team create collections for both fashion houses at a relentless pace, and are offered disarming, candid glimpses of the real person behind the successful business emporiums: a very driven artist who uses fashion to express his creativity.
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In this 1957 feel-good musical set in the world of high fashion, mousey and intellectual bookstore assistant Jo Stockton (Audrey Hepburn) finds her store overrun by fashion magazine Quality for a photo shoot. Editor-in-chief (Kay Thompson) and photographer Dick Avery (Fred Astaire), on the hunt for the next supermodel, are intrigued by Jo’s unique appearance. They convince the reluctant salesgirl to come to Paris with them, where she starts to enjoy her new line of work, is turned into the world’s most in-demand model, falls in love with Dick and has to deal with other amorous complications.
This period drama, set in the fictional Yorkshire country estate of Downton Abbey, follows the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants during the reign of King George V. In this splendid home, the Earl and Countess of Grantham and their three daughters of marriageable age live under the watchful eye of the Dowager Countess (Dame Maggie Smith). Their secure and ordered world, and the social hierarchy are rocked as their lives are shaped by the great events in history, romance, heartbreak and ambition. The first series spans the two years before World War I beginning with news of the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. The second series covers the years 1916 to 1919.
Vidal Sassoon pioneered in the 1960s with his geometric, Bauhaus-inspired hairstyle (the wedge bob) and the famous five point cut, creating distinctive styles for stars like Mia Farrow, Nancy Kwan and Peggy Moffitt. He was a self-made man who turned his Bond Street shop into a worldwide franchise and built a hugely successful business empire around haircare products. Sassoon revolutionized the art of hairstyling with his “wash and wear” philosophy that liberated women from the tyranny of the salon, and left an indelible mark on popular culture. This documentary offers a look into the public and private life of the legendary hairdresser who is said to have changed the world with a pair of scissors.
Director Wong Kar-Wai’s poetic film set in 1962 Hong Kong tells the story of newspaper editor Chow Mo-wan (Tony Leung) and secretary Su Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung) who move into neighbouring apartments on the same day. Soon they discover their spouses are having an affair. “Hurt and angry they find comfort in their growing friendship”, but while trying to piece together the circumstances behind the affair, they realize they now need to come to terms with their own mutual attraction.