what I’m watching: fashionista edition


As a part of the Netflix Stream Team, each month I get to write about what I’m streaming on Netflix. What should I watch next?


If there’s one thing I am not, it’s a fashionista. I get by and I think I may have left my frumpiest early mom years behind me, but I still have no idea what makes something fashionable or worth spending a lot of money on. I live in jeans or shorts with t-shirts. And although I get there eventually, I’m easily a year or more behind new trends. Unless that trend is overalls, and then I will be years behind because that will never happen. Again.

For someone who is so fashion illiterate, I have a strange fascination with fashion documentaries. Maybe it’s because so many of them take place in New York, and I love anything about NYC. It’s a peek into a world in which I will never inhabit, one where people ogle over fabrics and cut and stitching, texture and color and feel. Just watching them makes me feel fashionable, at least until I walk by a mirror and notice my gray Old Navy t-shirt and running shorts.

Netflix has a great collection of fashion-related documentaries for anyone else who, like me, likes to live vicariously through the fashion forward.

large_ney6m88ywrbiuidax7iibwrhjaiThe First Monday in May

Fashion comes together with one of my other favorite things, art, in this documentary revolving around the planning and execution of 2014’s China-themed Met Gala. The clothing, the art, the celebrities! Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour comes together with┬áHead Curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, Andrew Bolton. I am completely fascinated with Anna Wintour (and any high-powered creative, I suppose), and went back to read all about her life history after watching the doc. It’s so well-done and mesmerizing to watch how they put together such a huge and important event. Actually, it makes me kind of tired.


I’ve written about Iris before. I just love this woman. At 93 (at the time the doc was released in 2014), Iris is still considered a legend and icon in the world of fashion.







81isnyi5jal-_sy445_Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the iconic Bergdorf Goodman’s in New York City. The store is famous for launching the┬ámany famous design careers. I thought I had recommended this one before, but apparently not! The doc tells all about the history of the store and how it’s expanded, and why it’s such an icon in the NYC fashion world.




fresh-dressed-posterFresh Dressed

Fashion isn’t always about glamorous models and fancy runways. In Fresh Dressed, we get a look at how hip-hop fashion has evolved from black culture to take on a whole new meaning.






the_director_cover_7911_north_499x_whiteThe Director

This intriguing look at the life and work of Gucci’s creative director, Frida Giannini, traces her career at one of the world’s biggest fashion houses. She’s only a few years older than I am, which makes me feel only slightly ordinary.






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  1. A sure sign that a trend is past its freshness date is when I finally jump on board.
    But I really don’t are anymore.

    For better or worse.
    And these shows look great!

    I’m always interested to hear what people are interested in watching, especially when it’s surprising. I, for one, am sort of obsessed with stories about Titanic and Pompeii.

    I guess massive death counts are morbidly fascinating to me.
    (I’ll try not to look too deeply into that…)

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