I keep thinking about ditching HBO, because it’s expensive, because my favorite HBO shows (“Six Feet Under,” “Sex and the City,” “Big Love”) are long gone, and because I just can’t seem to acquire a fondness for “Girls” or “The Newsroom.” (Started both seasons with happy anticipation; eventually stopped watching both.) But every now and then, something terrific pops up on HBO that keeps me watching. Last night it was “In Vogue: The Editor’s Eye,” a profile of some of the iconic fashion editors of Vogue magazine (now celebrating its 120th year). Directed by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato (“Eyes of Tammy Faye,” “Inside Deep Throat,” “Becoming Chaz”), it’s a wildly colorful, gossipy look at some larger-than-life personalities. I loved hearing the fabulous Grace Coddington (remember her from “The September Issue?”) discussing how she made a designer remake a dress — moving the ruffles from the front to the back — on the spot, to better suit an “Alice in Wonderland” themed photograph; staring at Camilla Nickerson’s cheekbones (you could cut fabric with them); learning how an editor tricked Elizabeth Taylor into a candid shot (it involved pulling a towel off her hair); and hearing all of them talk about fashion as art. If you have a weakness for Vogue, or for beautiful clothes and photography, check this film out; it’s currently on demand on HBO.
December 17, 2012 at 9:59 AM