5 Fashion Documentaries To Watch On Netflix

I’ve recently been in a sort of “fashion rut”. To be blunt, I had lost all desire and excitement for fashion and style. I still made sure I was dressed impeccably, but my love of fashion magazines was gone, I stopped paying attention to the collections and trends, I just stopped caring. I stopped caring, because I was bored. You ever get the feeling that all the models look the same, all the clothes look the same, the people you follow on Instagram or Youtube look the SAME? Where’s the individuality gone? Well, after some digging I realized that individuality does still exist and I’d been looking in all the wrong places.

A good place to start was on Netflix as it turned out. Search “fashion documentaries” and some good ones pop up. Here are 5 fashion films you must see. Covering topics from personal style to the dangers of fast fashion, each film sucks you in and makes you want to revamp your wardrobe right after.

  1. Fresh Dressed (2015)
    This documentary shows how hip hop influenced fashion from gang culture to designer labels.
  2. Bill Cunningham New York (2010)
    I adore Bill Cunningham’s street style report for The New York Times. This documentary gives you a little slice of the man himself and his legacy in street style photography.
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  3. Iris (2014)
    Iris Apfel is the woman behind the big circular glasses and the loud accessories you may have seen on your favorite style blog or magazine. She even makes appearances in two of the documentaries on this list, Bill Cunningham New York and Advanced Style.
  4. The True Cost (2015)
    Did you ever wonder how fast fashion can charge basically nothing for it’s clothes? Why most of our clothes are made in China or some other third world country? Even if those thoughts never crossed your mind, educate yourself on what it costs for you to have that new Zara coat.
  5. Advanced Style (2014)
    Age really ain’t nothing but a number. Just because your old, that does not mean you have to act like it or dress like it.
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Playing Catch Up: 12/18/15


  1. Clémentine Desseaux was thought to be Christian Louboutin’s first plus size model in a potentially historic beauty campaign. Turns out it was just the luxury shoe brand reposting her airy video wearing their lipstick. But, it brings up the question why more luxury brands aren’t using plus size models in their campaigns? – Refinery 29
  2. Beth Ditto, lead singer of Gossip, is releasing her own plus size clothing line next year in February. She’s already released the first look of a t-shirt dress collaboration with Gaultier. – Vogue
  3. Two words. Squad Goals. According to Fashionista.com, friendship was the biggest trend in fashion. Referring to the celebrity/model clicks that form every season, exacerbated by our favorite social media platforms. I’ve long passed the age where I’d look at these cliques in reverence, but there’s no feeling like finding out one of your favorite celebs is besties with your other favorite celeb. – Fashionista
  4. 3 trends to look out for according to The New York Times are leather chokers, long wrap coats, and seventies inspired stripe sweaters. Unless your into the dominatrix look or looking like your auntie in an old photo, I’d stick to the over sized wrap coats. Timeless, goes with everything, and perfect for those bummy days when you need to leave the house, but don’t feel like dressing up. – The New York Times
  5. Last, but not least. The former CEO of Turning Pharmaceuticals was arrested for securities fraud. Martin Shkreli made the news earlier this year for drastically increasing the cost of an AIDS related drug. – Bloomberg Business


Model Nykhor Paul Shades Unprepared Makeup Artist On Instagram

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Dear white people in the fashion world! Please don't take this the wrong way but it's time you people get your shit right when it comes to our complexion! Why do I have to bring my own makeup to a professional show when all the other white girls don't have to do anything but show up wtf! Don't try to make me feel bad because I am blue black its 2015 go to Mac, Bobbi Brown, Makeup forever, Iman cosmetic, black opal, even Lancôme and Clinique carried them plus so much more. there's so much options our there for dark skin tones today. A good makeup artist would come prepare and do there research before coming to work because often time you know what to expect especially at a show! Stop apologizing it's insulting and disrespectful to me and my race it doesn't help, seriously! Make an effort at least! That goes for NYC, London, Milan, Paris and Cape Town plus everywhere else that have issues with black skin tones. Just because you only book a few of us doesn't mean you have the right to make us look ratchet. I'm tired of complaining about not getting book as a black model and I'm definitely super tired of apologizing for my blackness!!!! Fashion is art, art is never racist it should be inclusive of all not only white people, shit we started fashion in Africa and you modernize and copy it! Why can't we be part of fashion fully and equally?

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When I read things like this, I remember Iman saying in an interview how when she started modelling she had to mix her own foundation and bring it to modeling gigs. That was in the 70’s and it’s 2015. Model and activist Nykhor Paul has a right to be pissed. With all the brands that cater to women of color of all shades that exist in today’s beauty market, makeup artists still only bring enough to accommodate skin of the lighter variety.

This is what Bethann Hardison has been talking about. In a previous post, I wrote on how Bethann is advocating for more diversity in the modelling industry. And, how slights like wanting only one black girl or not bringing the right shade of foundation to accommodate the one black girl is unconsciously racist. I say unconsciously, because I believe most people are just ignorant and have no idea of the severity of their actions. Everyone in some way has been subtly brainwashed and manipulated by white patriarchal American society. And, it’s up to us WOKE people to continue to question and speak out against racial slights. Even the small stuff.

Rihanna’s Bitch Better Have My Money & Other Life Giving Videos

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you should know about Rihanna’s new video for her song “Bitch Better Have My Money”. A Tarantino like production with a killer 90’s inspired wardrobe, the video doesn’t disappoint. This video gives you everything, kidnapping, torture, murder, and Rihanna covered in blood sitting in a trunk full of money. You won’t be disappointed or at least I wasn’t.

Besides Rihanna, I’ve compiled a list of 6 music videos I’ve seen this year that have made me feel some type of way. Whether I got hair envy from watching Lianne La Havas twirl around in “Unstoppable” to wondering what the hell was going on in Pond’s “Man It Feels Like Space Again”, these videos are meant to shock, inspire, or just tell a story.

1. Rihanna – “Bitch Better Have My Money”

2. Madonna – “Bitch I’m Madonna”

3. Lianne La Havas – “Unstoppable”

4. Janelle Monae – “Yoga”

5. Alabama Shakes – “Sound & Color”

6. Pond – “Man It Feels Like Space Again”

Statement Bags: The Outlandish Vs. The Tame

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I am not a bag girl. I can give two f*cks about the latest Rebecca Minkoff “It Bag” or how Louis Vuitton’s leather bags are structured. Yes, these have been actual conversations. My bag savvy (handbag obsessed) friends know enough about the “who’s who” and “what’s what” of high end designer handbags to get me through that part of fashion hell, so cheers to them. That is not to say that I do not love my handbags or purses in general. It’s just my reactions are limited to “That’s cute!” and “No.”

This season’s statement bags have me thinking the former, because I want one and not that cheap magazine print knockoff that’s on sale at Akira. These bags go from quirky, pop art pieces reminiscent of Andy Warhol to colorful and simplified geometric shapes. I need to find some version of the orange “Super Nylon” clutch and tiny red “Kit Kat” wristlet shot by fashion photographer Tommy Ton. Now those are bags you can obsess over. The only problem with the artsy statement bags are that they’re not everyday bags.

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Topshop and J.Crew’s geometric striped clutches are more every other week bags. Anya Hindmarch’s  blue “Googly Eyes” handbag is an everyday bag. What I mean is that the bags are still eye catching, but not glaringly so. They’re very toned down compared to the pop art bags, which are more like art pieces. Not the best bag to bring with you for that night out, or you may wake up the next morning to find that someone’s swiped your bag while you were downing that third margarita. I’m just saying, these things happen.

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If you want to waste a few hundred or thousand on a bag you’ll probably wear once, before permanently displaying it in your closet. Be my guest and buy me one too, while you’re at it. But to get more bang for your buck, I would go for the simpler statement bag or hop over to one the fast fashion retailers for a cheaper knock off. The pop art trend will die in a few seasons anyway. It makes good photo bait though.

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