The next destination on my fashion documentary journey was Valentino: The Last Emperor. The best description of this film was written by Stephen Holden. He said “watching the movie [Valentino: The Last Emperor] is a little like gorging on chocolate and Champagne until that queasy moment arrives when you realize you’ve consumed far too much.” Truer words have never been spoken. Valentino: The Last Emperor documents Garavani Valentino, the man behind Valentino (duh, right?). He knew he was destined to become a designer since he was a little boy. Valentino leads an incredibly self-indulgent and extraordinary lifestyle, so it’s no wonder that his designs reflect that. He creates these beautiful decadent dresses intended for the creme-de-la-creme of women and red-carpet events.
This movie gives a glimpse into the glamorous life of Valentino Garavani. Glamourous doesn’t even begin to describe just how exquisite the world he lives in is. The movie follows Valentino to a few of his luxurious palaces, his yacht and his private jet. It also documents his six scrawny little pugs. Additionally it features a few interactions between Valentino and his business partner/lover, Giancarlo Giammetti. Some of which are the highlights of this film.
Their best conversation was:
Valentino: How was I? Tell me the truth.
Giancarlo Giammetti: OK, I’ll tell you. You look a little bit too tan.
Valentino: Tan? No.
Giancarlo Giametti: A little less wouldn’t hurt.
To be honest I don’t have much to say about this documentary. I don’t feel particularly enlightened or inspired but it was certainly fun to watch. So if you wanna see someone living the high life whilst toting around six adorable pugs then this is definitely the documentary for you.