Last week, I took a much-needed weekend off and indulged in some serious couch time. My idea of heaven is being snuggled under a blanket with my cat, some snacks and a good movie, so I decided to do just that. Rather than my typical horror movie fare (my favorite genre), I decided to go documentary crazy. I watched First Position, Girl Model, Kings of Pastry and — saving the best for last — Bill Cunningham New York. Everyone and their brother saw this film when it came out in 2010, and I would fall into an epic shame spiral when I would repeatedly have to answer, “No, I actually haven’t seen it yet . . . but I really want to!” every time someone would mention it. So this weekend I put that nonsense to an end and finally got around to watching the documentary everyone assured me I would love — and I did.
Before I dive into objects that remind me of the film, let me say this: If you haven’t seen this film, stop what you’re doing and download, rent or borrow it right now. I knew I was going to be moved by the documentary, which follows the life and career of photographer Bill Cunningham (perhaps best known for his New York Times columns On the Street and Evening Hours), but it completely exceeded my expectations. If you are someone who appreciates beauty in any form, whether it’s design, fashion or the beauty of the human spirit, this film will not disappoint. Bill is a spectacularly interesting, talented, gracious, humble and optimistic person. Quirky, loveable, stubborn and visionary, his dedication to the pursuit of beauty (which is in no way limited to elite New York society) is enough to leave you speechless and inspired to pursue your own dreams of contributing to the creative community. To quote Bill, “It’s as true today as it ever was: He who seeks Beauty will find it.” xo, grace
Image above: 1. Blue Wool Sweater, $108 (to be worn over the shoulders) | 2. French Work Jacket, $150 (similar vintage model here) | 3. Safety Vest (for biking), $20 | 4. Film Canister, 8 for $25 | 5. Red Tie, $18 | 6. NYC Coffee Cups, 100 for $36 (Bill says “The cheaper [the coffee] the better.”) | 7. Herringbone Cap, $19 | 8. Vintage Details Magazines (from when Bill was there) | 9. Red Linus Bike, $665 (Bill rides a vintage Schwinn, his 29th bike.) | 10. Black Duct Tape, $8.18 (to fix rain ponchos) | 11. File Cabinets, $165 | 12. Khaki Pants, $28 | 13. Nikon FM SLR, $309 | 14. Nikon Strap, $15.95
More images and film credits after the jump . . .
Film: Bill Cunningham New York
Director: Richard Press
Cinematographers: Tony Cenicola, Richard Press
Production Company: First Thought Films
Distributed by: Zeitgeist Films