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The Stay-at-Home Fashionista: 5 Fantastic Fashion Movies to Binge Watch Now

If you’re like us, you have already caught up on your favorite series and could use a dose of fashion inspiration to escape from the day-to-day challenges created by the coronavirus pandemic.

Here are 5 of our all-time favorite fashion movies and why we love them. They are all easy to find and download on various devices. May they help take your mind off the current state of affairs and escape into the magical world of fashion, beauty and cinematography. Enjoy!

#1 The Devil Wears Prada
Is there anyone among us here who has not seen this epically entertaining movie (or doesn’t recall who they were with when they first watched it after its release in 2006?) It’s now a yearly watch for all of us. Meryl Strep is simply amazing as powerful magazine editor Miranda Priestly, and the transformation of Anne Hathaway who plays Miranda’s at first lowly and then can’t-do-without assistant Andy is as awe-inspiring as Melanie Griffith’s total make-over in Working Girl. This is our number one fave fashion flick of all time!

#2 Coco Before Chanel
Told with subtitles, this 2009 biographical drama chronicles the early and complicated life of Coco Chanel before her rise to the top of the fashion world. We suggest reading “15 Things You Didn’t Know About Coco Chanel” before watching it. It is also a beautifully filmed period piece that transports you to a time when women like Chanel were not always celebrated or appreciated. She was certainly ahead of her time. We highly recommend this movie for so many reasons, including to pay homage to the designer credited for introducing pants for women!

#3 Prêt-à-Porter
If you like satire, this one is for you. It was released in America as “Ready to Wear” in 1994 after its French distributor realized that few people in the US understood what prêt-à-porter meant. From our perspective, this film delivers more with its all-star cast (Sophia Loren, Julia Roberts, Lyle Lovett, Kim Basinger and Lauren Bacall to name a few) than the “murder-mystery at Paris fashion week” storyline itself. We all agreed that we could have watched without sound and got what we came for – a glimpse of ‘90s fashion, big shoulder pads and all, waltzing down the catwalk throughout the film.

#4 The September Issue
A documentary about Anna Wintour and the team who work to bring American Vogue to life month-after-month and year-after-year. While the film specifically focuses on the production of the September 2007 issue of the magazine (and showcases plenty of models dressed in clothes and accessories that are beyond breathtaking), what Anna and her team wear in and out of their NYC office and internationally proved even more interesting to us. Fashion as art, theatre (and power!) for sure. It offers a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse of the often-misunderstood business of fashion. If you are a true fashion enthusiast, this is a film you will likely reflect on for a long time.

#5 Sex and the City Movies
Finally, not sure we can put together a favorite fashion film list without including this series. The fab four (Carrie, Miranda, Samantha and Charlotte) deliver big scene after scene, with their clothing and accessories often becoming the story reel after reel. This guilty pleasure binge provides a big dose of eye candy, laughter and girlfriend appreciation at a time when many of us can really use all three. Hooray for Carrie and the girls!

Last Word
We hope you enjoy this list (and can carve out some time to watch those that appeal to you) as much as we enjoyed compiling it. Please share your favorite fashion movies with us below. We’re looking for a few more to get us through the days ahead. We are all in this together – thank you!

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Dianne Webster 2020-03-26 10:38

Hi Mary Lou and The Fashionistas, Thank you for reaching out! Maintaining connections is so important right now. I've temporarily relocated work to home, and the structure of my days is still evolving. I want to designate certain times for cleaning and reorganizing my closets. Would you provide tips to help choose what to keep or eliminate, such as how many years to hold onto things, which items/colors/styles could be removed, etc.? Also, what would be good to wear while working at home, in order to maintain a positive and energetic attitude (instead of wearing pj's all day)?

Sarah Zengo 2020-03-26 16:25

Hi Dianne, Thanks for always supporting us and staying connected! Love your insights. We are fielding similar questions from others and will certainly be addressing stay-at-home and work-from-home dressing strategies in the future!

Terri Larrabee 2020-03-26 11:13

Hi and it is nice to hear from all of you!
Yes, I agree with Dianne. It would be fun to hear your suggestions about what to wear at home. This type of dressing for working at home is another level compared to dressing for working at home while running out and seeing people - or maybe it's not.
Stay well!

Sarah Zengo 2020-03-26 16:27

Hi Terri!

Thanks so much for your comment -- yes, we are all changing the way we do things each day-- including the way we dress! I am keeping some staples on hand to fit into my categories of online work, outdoor activities, and down time. Keeping it simple is a great strategy right now. Hope you are doing well! Sarah

Christina B. 2020-03-26 14:55

Three years ago I watched a documentary.

Think it was titled Dior and I. A fascinating glimpse into the atelier of a haute couture designer from stitching the clothes to sending the models down the runway.

I watched it using the Kanopy video streaming service that is sometimes available on a library's website along with other databases.

Today I have dressed in black jeans and a trustworthy rose-color sweater.

I would love to read about and possibly have links to websites where you can buy better lounge wear than flannel pajama pants.

Like leggings you can wear at home with a tee shirt or blouse instead of pajama pants. Maybe like training pants for the gym that are looser or dressier.

The in-between days in Boston and New York City when the weather is struggling to become warmer can take a toll.

On a side note I would be interested in reading about a great moisturizer for the skin. Even though it's spring skin can get pasty when you're indoors for 2 weeks or more.

Thank you.

Sarah Zengo 2020-03-26 16:30

Christina --

Thanks for all of your great suggestions and the movie title! Black is always chic -- sounds like you are making sure to incorporate cheery colors in your wardrobe too. So glad to hear about the topics you are most interested in, thank you! Sarah

June 2020-03-26 15:44

What a great list of movies to take my mind of the current situation. Thank you for always coming up with new ideas around fashion.

Sarah Zengo 2020-03-26 16:31

Hi June! Setting aside time to enjoy a movie and take a break from the news is a welcome relief for many of us. So great to hear from you and wishing you well. Sarah

Kathy Duane 2020-03-26 17:30

Thank you for the reminder about these fashion movies...others to check out are Unzipped (Isaac Mizrahi, Cindy Crawford, Kate Moss, Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell) and Valentino, The Last Emperor. Also, lots of Audrey Hepburn classics. Enjoy!

Sarah Zengo 2020-03-26 21:35

Hi Kathy, awesome suggestions thank you! I’m adding some to my list! Thank you for connecting. Wishing you well, Sarah

Kathy Duane 2020-04-15 15:19

Had to pass this one interesting! Amazon Prime Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel

Mary Lou Andre 2020-04-16 10:10

Thanks Kathy. We love these recommendations. Our team has started a Movie Club on Zoom to discuss all these great films that have been suggested. We watched (and discussed) “The September Issue” first and are discussing “Chiara Ferragani: Unposted” tonight. Chiara is fascinating. Italian fashion blogger who single handily disrupted how the world (and particularly her generation) experiences and purchases fashion much to the chagrin of the old guard fashion media and insiders who previously owned (and guarded) the space. She is a breath of fresh air—Instagram account and all!

Jane Pollak 2020-03-26 17:50

The perfect blog post from you and your team, Mary Lou! Thank you! I love having curated recommendations, and yours are spot-on. I'd also recommend a documentary about Dries Van Noten for your followers. It's available on Amazon and is gorgeous, inspiring and will take your mind off the current situation for 90 minutes. So appreciate your responding to the times with this great post.

Sarah Zengo 2020-03-26 21:39

Hi Jane, thank you for the recommendation, Much appreciated! Will add it to our viewing list. Fashion, art, culture, and movies are a wonderful medium to get lost in these days. Enjoy the journey! Thank you, Sarah

Susan Cartmell 2020-03-26 21:31

For wonderful fashion in a period piece, I’d rewatch Downton Abbey for the clothes. They are amazing. The millinery alone is worth it.

Sarah Zengo 2020-03-27 13:14

Hi Susan! Thank you for your comment! I have to admit I personally haven’t watched Downton Abbey yet— thank you! The Crown and Marvelous Mrs. Maisel are other fashion filled series favorites of mine too. Keep the ideas coming!

Alexandra 2020-03-27 12:25

Thanks so much for the great blog post. Watching old movies has been one of our key strategies to get through this time. I can’t wait to watch and re-watch these! Hang in there everyone and stay safe!

Sarah Zengo 2020-03-27 23:18

Hi Alexandra— it’s really a treat to sit and watch a movie at the end of the day! Glad you are enjoying this too. Thanks for your comment and wishing you well.

Laurie Harden 2020-03-31 13:45

What a great list! It is so nice to have this! Thank you!

Last year I watched, "7 Days Out". It's a documentary about the preparations that took place for Chanel before its spring/summer fashion show in 2018.


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