This actually just arrived in my inbox from The Zoe Report. These are some of my favorite fashion films, and some I haven’t seen before.

If we are going to be completely honest, I read through this post on the Zoe Report and couldn’t decide where to save it so that I wouldn’t lose it. I have endless things bookmarked (that I then forget about), I have so many emails flagged so that I can come back to them (that I then forget about), I have lists for days of things like this list of movies (that I then forget about), so I’m re-posting this on the blog in the hope that don’t lose the list!

I used to binge watch fashion movies over Thanksgiving and Christmas when I would have to hand over my son to his dad and then come home to an empty and very quiet house. I would light tons of candles, open a good bottle of wine and curl up with a great fashion documentary. Now he is with me all the holidays these are no longer my November-December go to’s.  But how perfect for a summer evening!

If you are looking for something to watch on Netflix, many of these are available for streaming. If you are one of my current or former pro-makeup students every one of these movies will give you a greater insight into the fashion and into the industry.


This Is The Next Cult Fashion-Girl Film

Just because Haute Couture Week has ended, it doesn’t mean you have to be in a style rut until September. If there’s anything that can reignite your passion for fashion (other than a shopping spree, of course), it’s a good dose of inspiration from the film gods of style—and considering the visual nature of the industry, fashion documentaries have a reputation of being actually interesting to watch. The new Manolo Blahnik doc, for example, might be the ideal film to reignite your passion for fancy footwear (as if it could ever falter)—the trailer alone is inspiring. To jump-start your weekend, here’s a roundup of the best fashion documentaries that’ll give your movie nights a serious makeover.
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Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes For Lizards

An exploration into the life and work of the man whose name is synonymous with Carrie Bradshaw’s closet essentials, Manolo paints an intimate portrait of legendary designer Manolo Blahnik. The biopic, to be released in NYC on September 15, includes interviews with top insiders, editors and celebs (think Anna Wintour, Naomi Campbell and SATC author Candace Bushnell—the list goes on). Watch the first official trailer here.

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Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel

The Eye Has to Travel may be one of our favorite films of all time—we put it on whenever we’re in need of a little pep talk of sorts, as Diana Vreeland has so many inspirational and motivating things to say. The late Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue editor was responsible for publishing the first photos of both Twiggy and the bikini, if that gives you any sense of her impact on the fashion industry as well as on pop culture in general. You can find The Eye Has to Travel on Netflix.

Bill Cunningham New York

The world lost a legend last year when fashion photographer Bill Cunningham passed away at the age of 87. Bill Cunningham New York was made before his death, in 2010, and it delves into the life of the influential and iconic photographer, who began chronicling street style long before everyone else jumped on his bandwagon. Cunningham was so influential that Anna Wintour famously says in the film, “We all get dressed for Bill.” You can find Bill Cunningham New York on Netflix.

L’Amour Fou

According to those interviewed, Yves Saint Laurent, who suffered from depression, was happy only two days per year: those on which his collections were shown. This documentary, the third made about the designer, focuses largely on his relationship with his longtime partner (in business and life), Pierre Bergé, and is based on memories from Pierre himself. L’Amour Fou is available on Netflix.

Mademoiselle C

Mademoiselle C follows former French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld as she leaves the publication after a decade to start her own magazine, CR Fashion Book. The film is a must-watch for anyone as obsessed with Carine as we are—it’s available to stream on Netflix.

The True Cost

If you can’t help but feel that designer goods are overpriced so as to be elitist, The True Cost may be worth a watch. It documents all that goes into making the inexpensive pieces we all love from fast-fashion chains—many of which rip their designs from the runway—and the revelations are not pretty. You can stream The True Cost on Netflix.


The September Issue

This film follows the inimitable Anna Wintour and the Vogue staff as they produce the September 2007 issue of American Vogue—if you’re going to pick one film from this list to watch, The September Issue should be it. You can stream the documentary on Amazon for free with a seven-day Tribeca Shortlist subscription.

Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston

This film chronicles the rise and fall of designer Roy Halston Frowick, who rose to fame after dressing Jacqueline Kennedy for the presidential inauguration of her husband in 1961. You can watch it on Netflix.

Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf’s

We love that someone had the chutzpah to make a feature-film-length love letter to a department store—we feel this director so hard. You can stream Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s on Netflix.


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Chasing Beauty

We may not be sure why we’re fascinated with models, but we are. Chasing Beauty presents us with the startling statistic that 25% of American women would rather win America’s Next Top Model than a Nobel Peace Prize. (Yikes!) You can stream Chasing Beauty for an insider look at the modeling industry, now on Netflix.


This film follows Isaac Mizrahi as he designs and shows his 1994 collection. The way in which he’s depicted by the filmmaker—who was also his boyfriend at the time—was so unsavory to the designer that the couple split after its release. You can stream Unzipped on Netflix.


Dior And I

This film enters into the house of Dior as Raf Simons is installed as its new artistic director. He was given only eight weeks to put together his first collection, and we break out into hives just thinking of the pressure under which he must have been as a result. You can follow his journey by streaming Dior and on Netflix.

Valentino: The Last Emperor

As with L’Amour Fou, this film explores an iconic fashion designer’s relationship with his business partner and companion—in this case, Valentino Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti. It also lives up to its lofty title, with evidence of excess to which we could only dream, including the fact that Valentino travels only by private jet, his six pugs in tow wherever he goes. You can stream Valentino: The Last Emperor for free on Amazon with a seven-day Sundance Now Doc Club trial subscription.


“You’re not pretty and you’ll never be pretty, but it doesn’t matter. You have something much better. You have style.” These are the famous words uttered at Iris Apfel by Frieda Loehmann (of Loehmann’s department stores) and, though we happen to think Apfel is beautiful, all we can say to the sentiment of this statement is amen. The fashion icon is now 94 years old and going strong, which is why this 2015 documentary about her is so inspiring to watch. You can stream Iris on Netflix.


Jeremy Scott: The People’s Designer

In this film, Jeremy Scott disparages the critics who have long disparaged him, saying, “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a statue of a critic.” The documentary follows the expansive trajectory of his career despite their critiques, from small-town Missouri to his installation as the creative director of Moschino. The designer was also famously rejected from FIT. You can stream The People’s Designer on Netflix.

The Future Of Fashion With Alexa Chung

We’d probably watch Alexa Chung recite the dictionary, so you can imagine how keen we were to watch The Future of Fashion. In the six-part series produced by British Vogue, Alexa explores her own experiences in the fashion business and interviews other key figures, including Olivier Rousteing, Christopher Kane and Paul Smith. You can stream the series here.

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I just got back yesterday from 6 weeks in Italy. It’s boiling hot here in Phoenix and we are 2 days away from 4th of July, and I am wondering what on earth possessed me to think I could pull off an Independence Day party???

On top of that I want to serve something different this year. I’ve been looking for a refreshing new drink to offer, something I haven’t served before.

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Last night I opened my Zoe Report Box Of Style. It arrived in early June while I was away. The Summer 2017 Box Of Style is full of fabulous items including a Helena Quinn kimono that you can wear as a cover up or as a fashion piece, a Sole Society straw hat, Raen sunglasses and a gorgeous Beauty Counter Hibiscus cream blush, all of which will be part of my 4th of July party look!

I don’t know if they still have any Summer 2017 Box of Style available, but if they do I have a $10 discount code for you. Just use the code BOSSU10 at checkout. 

There is also a $20 discount available if you sign up for a subscription. Use the code BO SU20 or BOSSU20 in the promo code box at checkout

I was clicking around on the Zoe Report website looking for a little inspo when I found this fabulous summer cocktail recipe.

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The Zoe Report Frozen Rose Cocktail

I don’t like rose as a wine choice, but as a base to a frozen drink for a hot summer day I think it’s perfect!

You need few ingredients – a bottle of rose’ to freeze into ice cubes overnight, a bottle of St Germain, a chichi lemonade, some fresh rosemary and some lemons. It’s simple, refreshing and quick!

Here is a how to video:


What drinks are you making for 4th of July?

I love Old Hollywood.

I love all the fabulous old stories about the love affairs of Old Hollywood.

I found this story on Harper’s Bazaar.com, and they had re-posted it from Country Living magazine. Enjoy!


She died racing to get back to the man she loved but could not trust.”

Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, circa 1939

Clark Gable and Carole Lombard met while acting opposite each other in 1932’s No Man of Her Own. At the time, Clark, then 31, was married to Houston socialite Maria Langham. Lombard, just 24, was in an unhappy marriage of her own, with actor William Powell of The Thin Man fame.

“[We] did all kinds of hot love scenes…and I never got any kind of tremble out of him at all,” Lombard would later tell director Garson Kanin, who recounted her words about Gable in his 1976 book, Hollywood: Stars and Starlets, Tycoons, Moviemakers, Frauds, Hopefuls, Great Lovers. Strictly professional, the heartthrob and the high-paid actress didn’t allow any romantic connection to develop between them. At least not at the time, anyway.

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Carole Lombard and Clarke Gable in No Man Of Her Own

Four years later, the two stars reunited at an event for Hollywood’s elite. Major studio execs started the Mayfair Ball in the ’20s as a glamorous party for Tinseltown society and it became an annual affair, according to Hollywood Bohemians by Brett L. Abrams. In 1936, Gone with the Wind director David O.Selznick asked Lombard, who had a reputation for throwing the best shindigs, to oversee that year’s event.

According to the fan site Dear Mr. Gable, the former co-stars flirted with each other intermittently throughout the night before sharing a “close dance” and a ride home—despite the fact that the divorced Lombard had brought Cesar Romaro as her date, and Gable was technically still married, although separated. When Gable invited her up to his hotel room, Lombard reportedly quipped, “Who do you think you are, Clark Gable?”

Carole Lombard and Clarke Gable at the Los Angeles Tennis Club in 1937

Carole Lombard and Clarke Gable at the Los Angeles Tennis Club in 1937

They became inseparable shortly after. An article in the April 1942 issue of Photoplay magazine stated that from the night of the ball until Lombard’s untimely death, the longest stretch they went without seeing each other was just six days. They carried out their relationship in secret until 1938, when Gable’s divorce was finalized.

On Mar. 29, 1939, while Gable was on a break from filming Gone with the Wind, the pair eloped in Kingman, Arizona. Husband and wife loved spending time in nature—often hiking, camping, and hunting together—so naturally, they made their home on a 20-acre ranch in Encino, California, complete with horses, cows, and chickens. Whenever business took them apart, they would send each other silly presents (“goofy ones, strictly for laughs,” wrote Ruth Waterbury in Photoplay), a tradition that had started at the wrap party for No Man of Her Own, when Lombard gave Gable a ham with his picture on it. Their house was filled with gag gifts for such occasions.

Carole Lombard and Clarke Gable at home on their ranch

Carole Lombard and Clarke Gable at home on their ranch

But the handsome, fun-loving duo had their fair share of dark times too. Lombard desperately wanted to be a mother; still, numerous doctor visits and a trip to see a specialist at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore returned no solutions for her infertility issues.

There were also allegations of infidelity on Gable’s part: In his 2014 book Fireball: Carole Lombard and the Mystery of Flight 3, author Robert Matzen claimed Gable cheated on his wife with his 21-year-old co-star Lana Turner.

“Gable was self-centered and never felt it necessary to have self-discipline when it came to sex outside the relationship because he had a sense of what a catch he was,” Matzen told the New York Post. “And, really, was Carole going to give all that up? She was a shrewd businesswoman and knew the power of being close to the biggest movie star in the world.”

Clarke Gable and Carole Lombard during a night shoot for Too Hot To Handle

Clarke Gable and Carole Lombard during a night shoot for Too Hot To Handle

In a startling revelation that came 75 years after the super-celebrity couple tied the knot, Matzen speculated that Gable’s affair indirectly caused Lombard’s death. Matzen’s theory is that Gable and Lombard had a fight over his infidelity the night before she embarked on the fateful plane trip in January 1942 that would be her last. She was so determined to get home to save her marriage, Matzen believes, that she forewent a longer, cross-country train ride in favor of a last-minute flight on a “bumpy commercial airplane with an unpressurized cabin.”

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Returning from a hiking trip in 1940.

Lombard was doing her part to support the war effort abroad; the purpose of her trip back home to Indianapolis, Indiana was to sell defense bonds for what she called, according to Photoplay, “the best damned land there is.” Before leaving Hollywood, she and her mother, Elizabeth Peters, visited a psychic they occasionally saw for fun. The woman shook her head when she read Lombard’s fortune: “Keep out of planes in 1942,” she allegedly warned. “There is danger in them for you.”

On the Indianapolis trip, Lombard was accompanied by her mother and Otto Winkler, Gable’s press agent and longtime friend, who’d been with the couple when they eloped. Gable had asked him to assist Lombard on the journey. On the day they were to return to California, both Otto and Lombard’s mother tried to talk her out of flying. Winkler had experienced a premonition of a plane crash just days before, according to the Post, and was concerned about flying in winter conditions. Peters had the psychic’s words on her mind.

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On a break from filming, circa 1940.

But Lombard had scored last-minute seats on TWA Flight 3, desperate to get back and fix things with the man she called “Pappy” and “Mr. G.” They decided on a coin toss to settle the dispute, and Lombard won. After a stop in Las Vegas to refuel, she, her mother, and Winkler lost their lives later that day en route to Los Angeles when their plane crash landed on Nevada’s Table Mountain.

Gable was devastated. He had been so proud of his wife, who had raised more than $2 million in bonds during her week away, and was excited to pick her up at the airport. When he learned of the news, he flew out to Nevada with Winkler’s wife and a few others, and insisted on sifting through the wreckage himself. When locals tried to dissuade him from climbing the 7,800-foot-steep peak, a hike so treacherous and studded with cacti and boulders that even “experienced Indian guides and hardened trackers” found it challenging, he reportedly snapped, “If those Indians can go on horseback and on foot, I can go on horseback and on foot.”

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Giving interviews shortly after their 1939 elopement.

Gable and his guides hiked until they began to see “pitiful bits of wreckage of the plane scattered about them,” according to Photoplay. At that point an official stopped them, indicating that the bodies of the passengers—including Lombard, her mother, Winkler, and 15 young pilots who’d been headed West to serve in the war—were just ahead.

“Search and rescue found a hair clip that Gable had given her for Christmas, with a few strands of her blonde hair still attached,” Michelle Morgan, author of Carole Lombard: Twentieth-Century Star, told the Daily Express.

The widower holed up at the nearby Rancho Vegas hotel, pacing back and forth on his suite’s deck. He wouldn’t leave his room. “I don’t want to go back to an empty house in Encino,” he told well-meaning friends who tried to entreat him. “If I had gone with Carole on this trip all this might have been avoided.”

Gable was forever changed. “He rode his motorcycle recklessly, drank and smoked heavily,” said Morgan. “He kept Lombard’s bedroom unchanged. He signed up for the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942 and told friends he didn’t care if he lived or died.”

He never stopped loving Lombard. When he died in 1960 at the age of 59, he was buried beside her at Forest Lawn cemetery in Glendale, California.

Lombard’s biographer says the beauty’s tragedy is that “she died racing to get back to Gable: the man she loved but could not trust.”

From: Country Living

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