May 26, 2009

Long Live The Last Emperor!

I hope that everyone had a fantastic long weekend! My weekend started early with a visit to the indie theater on Sunset to catch a showing of THE VALENTINO MOVIE with my girls. For any lover of fashion, or simply a lover of LIFE this movie is truly inspiring. Poignant and funny, Valentino himself is the star of course but as the film unfolds you see the passion and hard work that it takes to create an establishment as revered and consistent as the house of Valentino Garavani. It is in theaters for a short time so I suggest you go see it! I myself am waiting for the DVD to add to my collection along with another very cool but very different fashion doc. - Lagerfeld Confidential!

Synopsis from the website:

VALENTINO THE LAST EMPEROR is a feature-length film on the legendary designer Valentino Garavani in the wake of his exit in 2008 from the company he founded in Rome more than 45 years ago. Produced and directed by Matt Tyrnauer, Special Correspondent for Vanity Fair magazine, the film is an intimate, engaging and very funny fly-on-the-wall exploration of the singular world of one of Italy's richest and most famous men. The film documents the colorful and dramatic closing act of Valentino, his celebrated career, tells the story of his extraordinary life and work, and also explores the larger themes affecting the fashion business today. But at the heart of the film is the unique relationship between Valentino and his business partner and companion of 50 years, Giancarlo Giammetti.

I feel honored to have worn one of his dresses to an event a couple of years ago. To this day it is still the most beautiful dress I have ever worn! The craftmanship was sublime from top to finish and the beauty of the dress is that it was simply a wisp of the finest chiffon and nothing else. No boning, puffs, lace, frills. Just BEAUTY. As Valentino would say "I know what women want - they want to be BEAUTIFUL".....yes, sir you are absolutely right. Here is a photo of that dress - my dear friend SB is also wearing Valentino! Lucky girls.... :)


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