DRIES - an intimate Portrait of the Fashion Designer Dries Van Noten. This film offers an insight into the life, mind and creative heart of a Master Fashion Designer who, for more than 25 years, has remained independent in a landscape of fashion consolidation and globalization. Reiner Holzemer follows him for one year and witnesses the creation of four collections.
All 13 episodes of the HBO series are, actually, about the human nature: how we discover people the way they are, essentially, with their passions, illusions, fears, loneliness, uncertainty and their dreams. The series talks about human relationships, but first of all, about the relationship with themselves. The city is not just the background of all these stories, but also a character that lives intensely and vibrates with every action. Laura is a married woman who refuses to see the cracks in her relationship and she is looking for a way to feel loved again. Adrian, her husband, is always looking elsewhere, for something that she can't offer him, and he jumps in a relationship with a mysterious woman he meets in the dark, in hotel rooms. When this mysterious woman comes into his life everything changes. Eva, the former mistress of Adrian, who's trying to find her father, has an extremely tense relationship with her mother, Silvia; she falls in love with David, the man of her dreams. But meanwhile, Iasmina, a woman as interesting as she is manipulative, manages to "catch" him before Eva and wants to keep him for herself at any cost. Mona is Laura's friend. She is a shy accountant, not very attractive, but with a big heart, who is in constant search of impossible relationships with men she meets online. Her life gets complicated when she starts a relation with a man that she doesn't know. She is so consumed by this fantasy that she can't even notice Virgil, the marketing manager at her clinic, a shy man who is very much in love with her and who is always by her side.
First ever look behind-the-scenes at NY Fashion Week, with the history of how it all began in the early 1990's. Story told by the 'Fashion Insiders' and the Top Fashion Designers: Betsey Johnson, Carolina Herrera, Donna Karan, Tommy Hilfiger, Zac Posen, etc.; the Top Fashion Editors from Harper's Bazaar, ELLE, In-Style Magazine & other fashion industry journalists. Commentary from Carson Kressley, Michael Musto and Robert Verdi. Featuring Models galore and the best runway fashions from over the years. Original music from some of the most exciting new artists on the scene. This film documents the total extravaganza that NY Fashion Week has become and takes a look at the future of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week as it prepares to make the debut at Lincoln Center.
This documentary explores the life and times of artist/designer/performer/provocateur Leigh Bowery. He designed costumes and performed with the enfante terrible of British dance Michael Clark, designed one of a kind outrageous costumes and creations for himself, ran one of the most outrageous clubs of 1980s London club scene Taboo (later immortalized in Boy George's Broadway musical, and was the muse of the great British painter Lucian Freud. The film includes interviews with Damien Hirst, Bella Freud, Cerith Wyn Evans, Boy George, and his widow Nicola Bowery. The sound score is by Richard Torrey, who performed with Bowery in their band Minty.
Young Helene Junot (Catherine Mary Stewart) witnesses the death of her mother at the hands of Nazis. Separated from her brother, Edmund (Timothy Dalton), by the war, Helene goes to work at the chateau of the Count De Ville (Jean-Pierre Aumont). There she falls in love with his son, Hubert (Neil Dickson), to the Count's objection. She leaves for Paris where she becomes a fashion model and moves up the ladder of success, even becoming the mistress of her former employer. As she builds a magazine empire, Helene (Dame Joan Collins) looks for her lost brother and seeks justice for her family. Along the way, she makes many enemies who band together to destroy her.
While taking a shower, Kate Miller, a middle-aged, sexually frustrated New York City housewife, has a rape fantasy while her husband stands at the sink shaving. Later that day, after complaining to her psychiatrist Dr. Robert Elliott about her husband's pathetic performance in bed, she meets a strange man at a museum and returns to his apartment where they continue an adulterous encounter that began in the taxicab. Before she leaves his apartment, she finds papers which certify that the man has a venereal disease. Panicked, Kate rushes into the elevator, but has to return to his apartment when she realizes she's forgotten her wedding ring. When the elevator doors open, she's brutally slashed to death by a tall blonde woman wearing dark sunglasses. Liz Blake, a high-class call girl, is the only witness to the murder and she becomes the prime suspect and the murderer's next target. Liz is rescued from being killed by Kate's son Peter, who enlists the help of Liz to catch his mother's killer as Detective Marino, who's in charge of the case, is uncooperative in the investigation.
When the governor of Tokyo is killed in his campaign for election, the former CIA agent Travis Hunter is assigned to find the responsible working together with the rookie FBI agent Sean. Travis was raised in Japan, has great connections with the underworld of the streets and is a master in sword and martial arts, trained by a former member of Yakuza. Travis discloses that there is a war between the old and traditional members of Yakuza and the new generation leaded by the deranged and sick Kuroda, who has associated to the Chinese Tong mobster Chen in a powerful drug dealing business. When his fiancée Nayako is brutally and cowardly murdered by one of Kuroda's men, the mission of Travis becomes a personal issue and he seeks revenge.
Approaching age sixty, Daphne Wilder divorced when she was young, has not dated since, and has raised on her own and has fostered a close, loving relationship with her three daughters, Maggie, Mae and Milly, she now assisting Milly in her successful catering business. Daphne was mother of the bride for a first time at Maggie's wedding, and a second time at Mae's wedding, but she fears there won't be a third and final time for a Milly wedding in insecure Milly attracting only who seem to be the wrong men. Not wanting Milly to turn into another "alone" version of herself at age sixty, Daphne, without telling any of her daughters let alone Milly, decides to take matters into her own hands by placing a personal ad for a potential mate for Milly. Scheduling all seventeen interviews in succession at a restaurant, Daphne finds the ad has attracted one "loser" after another, until she reaches number seventeen, Jason, an architect who is handsome and seems smart, well-bred, successful and forward thinking about his life. The two arrange for Jason to meet Milly by "accident". What Daphne does not anticipate is that there ends up being a number eighteen, Johnny, who witnessed the interviews from the sidelines as the guitarist performing at the restaurant, and while Johnny did approach Daphne in his interest in meeting Milly from what he heard of the interviews, she immediately dismissed him solely because he is a musician and thus irresponsible by nature, much like her ex-husband. In their accidental meetings, Milly embarks on a relationship with both Jason and Johnny concurrently, and upon learning about Johnny in the picture, Daphne starts pushing Jason as the favored one to Milly. Beyond Milly, Jason and Johnny's own thoughts about their two relationships, the two men who know nothing about the other being in Milly's life, a question becomes how Milly eventually learning about the ad, an inevitability, will factor into what happens, not only about Milly's love life but her relationship with her mother. In helping Milly with her love life and only fostered by watching old Gary Cooper movies, Daphne may dredge up latent feelings of romance of her own, it which she may find in the most unlikely of places.