R.J. Cutler’s captivating film, The September Issue, which chronicles Vogue editor Anna Wintour overseeing the publication of the fashion bible’s famous 840-page number in 2007, is a must, must see. That is, for anyone curious about Wintour’s highly sophisticated visual eye, the $300-billion global fashion industry, magazineland and, well, the cultural history of our time and yes, the decorative arts.
The shots of Wintour’s office give a view of her collecting sensibility. Uptown interior designer Jesse Carrier did her working space as well as the Vogue reception rooms. His look favors beige, topiary plants and a generally restful feeling, but Wintour injects her own style. So to Carrier’s Swedish painted furniture, Wintour added, clustered on her desk, pots by the British ceramist Clarice Cliff (1899-1972), and elsewhere introduced French galvanized metal stacking garden chairs. Design-wise, it’s a kind of individualistic cozy chic that’s a bit of a rarity in this city.