As I was browsing the Internet, primarily watching Anna Wintour interviews, I stumbled upon an American documentary entitled “The September Issue”. It is a 2009 film that revolves on the production of Vogue’s, fashion world's bible, September 2007 issue or the so-called “January” of the industry. It goes deep into the drama, creative process and the players like Anna (Vogue US Editor-in-Chief), Grace Coddington (former model turned Creative Director), André Leon Talley (Editor at Large), Thakoon Panichgul (designer) and others.
The 10 things that we can learn from watching the movie:
1. Anna means serious business. She’s just doing her job.
2. The leader must have a clear vision where the team is going, and firm in making his / her team see it through.
3. A good leader knows the strengths of his / her team members and brings out the best in them, even if it means being tough with them.
4. Your boss answers to his / her boss. Help him / her help you.
5. Everyone must be passionate in what they do. Give it your all or don’t do it at all.
6. Fight for what you know is right. Sometimes, you have to trust your gut.
7. Artists don’t always get what they want. Products must meet the needs and exceed the expectations of clients; the validations of the craftsmanship that have been exerted.
8. An artist’s best will only last until his / her next creation. Learn to let go.
9. There is greatness in young blood.
10. Fashion, just like any other industry, needs to look for lessons from the past, but must always move forward.
Niguel is an experienced creative and marketing professional pursuing his dreams while growing with infinite possibilities.