Monday, February 15, 2010


It's Sunday night and you've just watched one of the worst films you've seen in a long time, complete with blood, gore, guts, and a plot that instead of scaring you might make you cry yourself to sleep.

So what do you do?

Valentino The Last Emperor is the perfect remedy to that situation. It's a feature-length documentary on the designer, produced and directed by Matt Tyrnauer, Special Correspondent for Vanity Fair magazine, the film follows Valentino and his inner circle throughout various events, including his famous anniversary show celebrating 45 years of his incredible career. There is 250 hours of footage with exclusive, unprecedented access to Valentino and his entourage.

The documentary is incredibly compelling and walks us into the world of the beloved designer and his entourage that is both dramatic and vibrant, warm and intimate. Of course, there are the clothes. The legions of gorgeous, to die for gowns that make you stop and watch wide-eyed with awe as Valentino declares that it's the dress or that it needs more sequins - either way, the dress comes out stunning.

But the most fascinating part about this documentary is how it explores the business side of fashion and design and how it evolves, as it touches on the Marzotto Group's purchase of the brand. At the heart of the film, however, is the relationship between Valentino and his business partner and companion of 50 years, Giancarlo Giammetti. The entire film is a definitely must-watch.

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