Thursday, September 4, 2008

Must-See Movies: Valentino: The Last Emperor

For me, it's a marriage made in heaven: Fashion and the movies. This new documentary by Vanity Fair scribe Matt Tyrnauer follows couturier Valentino Garavini (above, center) and his business partner/life partner Giancarlo Giammetti (above, left) in their final two years at the helm of Valentino. Just premiering at the Venice Film Festival this past weekend, the feature-length film captures the time leading up to the men's retirement last January and offers a behind-the-scenes look at preparations for the Valentino Couture show in Paris and the lavish brand retrospective in Rome. 

Valentino's legendary temper is captured, as are tender moments between the longtime couple. The filmmakers were allowed extraordinary and unprecedented access to the subjects, and viewers are treated to an insiders view of how high fashion really runs. According to Tyrnauer: "Valentino was one of the first designers to make himself the inspirational figure at the center of the story he was telling. He is a born dreamer and the last true couturier, who let us in on his creative process and also let us in on the life he built around him to sustain this process. He lives as lavishly as his clients and sets the standard for the industry."

Want to learn more? Click right here to view the movie's official website. 

To browse Portero's selection of Valentino accessories, click right here