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5 STYLISH NETFLIX DOCUMENTARIES

By Chris Sayer, 12 April 2017

Think you’ve completed Netflix? Think you’ve reached the final level, hundred-percented it, and have nothing left to do battle with on the streaming giant’s never-ending menus? Not if these five fashion-led documentary gems don’t yet feature on your hit list. 

Abstract: The Art of Design (Episode 2)

You don’t need to know your Roshe from your Presto to know that Tinker Hatfield is a big deal in the trainer game. A huge deal. The world’s most famous living sneaker designer and Vice President for Design and Special Projects at Nike is the guy you can thank for your Air Max 1s, Air Max 90s, Huaraches, and a little self-lacing shoe called the Mag. In this up-close and personal profile film of the great man himself, learn all there is to know about his creative legacy at the helm of the Air Jordan dynasty. Essential viewing for anyone that owns a pair of feet. 

Bella Vita

Heading to the sun-kissed, azure shores of Europe this summer? You won’t want to check in your luggage without seeing this. Chris Del Moro’s pilgrimage back to his ancestral homeland of Italy is an exploration of the country’s small, unlikely, but super-stylish and laid-back surfing culture, complete with dirty blonde long locks, washed-out plaid shirts, worn-in tees, retro boardshorts, all-black sunglasses, pastel hues and plenty of other surf-rat wardrobe lessons to up your beachside cool.

Sneakerheadz

Prepare to glare angrily at the stack of shoes beside your front door, because your trainer collection has nothing on the catalogues of kicks that feature in this doc about ultimate footwear fanaticism. Sneakerheadz tells the tale of this obsession (‘disease’) through interviews with the likes of pro skater Rob Dyrdek and rapper Wale, as well as stories of the bonkers lengths some die-hards will go to to cop a gotta-get pair. One thing’s for sure – that shoe stack of yours will be getting a little bigger after watching this. 

Fresh Dressed

When did ‘looking fresh’ become a multi-billion-dollar industry? This is the sprawling question explored here. Fresh Dressed chronicles the roots and unstoppable rise of hip-hop style, from the old cotton plantations of America through the gangs of the 70s and onto the high streets and malls of the present day. Get schooled in the labels, people and music behind the look, with some ace interviews from Kanye, Pharrell and Diddy thrown in for good measure. 

Jeremy Scott: The People’s Designer

A$AP Rocky says he ‘changed his life’. Rita Ora calls his story ‘inspiring’. Miley Cyrus reckons his creations are ‘empowering’. Love or loathe his steez, Jeremy Scott’s imprint on the style world is as big, bold and brash as the wild garms he puts his name to. But how did a shy kid from a small farming town in America go on to bridge the gap between hip-hop and high-end fashion, and become one of the most in-demand designers in the world? All that is answered here, with the help of a few names right out of his superstar-riddled contacts list.  

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