In these last weeks of February there is only one subject in Brazil: Carnival!
We have already shared with you a special selection of items from our shop for those who will enjoy the festival. But not everyone enjoys this party (hi, I’m part of this group!) and sometimes all we need is quiet and calm right? So for those I have a good list of Netflix documentaries to stay relax at home, without losing your inspiration!
Of course, my favorites list has those classic fashion documentaries, some powerful women, a little bit of photography and a touch of music. Check it out!
Diana Vreeland: the eye has to travel
This is definitely my favorite documentary. I watched it in January and wondered how I still did not know about Diana Vreeland. Long before Anna Wintour, it was she who made American Vogue the most important fashion magazine in the world. With unlimited creativity and a unique vision of luxury and beauty, Diana is simply amazing.
After the documentary I already bought her Glamour book that she wrote at the request of Jacqueline Kennedy as a summary in photos and texts of her idea of glamor. In two words: watch it!
The September Issue
Still about American Vogue the documentary The September Issue shows a behind the scenes of the magazine’s most important monthly issue of the year. There’s Anna Wintour with all her power, but my real passion is Grace Coddington, creative director of the magazine. The editorials under hrt command are memorable and particularly my favorites!
Tales by Light
This time the subject is not fashion, but photography! This documentary series produced in partnership with Canon is divided into different episodes and shows great photographers exploring nature and different cultures. Between the episodes only one did not draw so much attention, the others are pure inspiration and impeccable photography.
When Ari came to work with me she was really excited about Iris Apfel and always talking about her. Of course I knew this super-stylish lady with her big round glasses and lots of accessories, but until then I only knew her for photos. Until I found the documentary on Netflix and fell in love with Iris. Ari was right, what a fascinating woman! I’ve been wanting to reach the same age with all this energy and inspiration, as well as talent and passion for art and fashion. Pure style!
The homonymous blog famous for the street style photographs of people over 60 years in NY turned a documentary and the result is exciting. Like Iris quoted above, the ladies portrayed by the Advanced Style photographer are also super stylish and show that creativity and confidence have nothing to do with age.
If you have heard of conscious consumption you surely already know this documentary. And it is really everything you’ve ever heard out there. Who ever wondered how it is possible for a garment to cost so little in some fast fashion or online stores? In this documentary we find out the true cost of these low prices with the exploitation of labor and the absurd conditions of work. Impossible to watch and not rethink our way of consumption. Super recommended!
Once again the focus is photography in this documentary that portrays the work of war photographer Donald McCullin. I confess that I began to watch without great expectations and ended up fascinated by his work. Keeping the technique and producing images so cruel and shocking, but still beautiful is no easy task. You have to take risks (many!), but the opportunity to show the world and reveal the horror of wars is only possible because of these professionals.
What Happened, Miss Simone?
Who knows the music of Nina Simone knows well that her voice and interpretations were unique. But more than an incredible singer and pianist, the documentary made me discover a strong and inspiring Nina. Between commercial success and her activism against racism she had no doubts in choosing the second one. With unreleased recordings, diaries and letters the documentary shows Nina with all her dramas and great talent. I love her even more now!
Now tell me, have you seen any or all of this list? Anyone who has any other recommendation please leaves here in the comments that I’ll love to put on my list to watch at Carnival. Me and Petite are going to be together and we need some new inspiration!