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.
The September Issue is a documentary that follows Anna Wintour and the entire Vogue crew as they take on the task of producing their largest and most important issue of the year. This documentary demonstrates just how powerful and influential Anna Wintour is on the entire fashion industry. The camera crews follow her as she consults designers on their upcoming collections. As the CEO of Neiman Marcus pleads with her to try and speed up the production of designers collections and the time it takes their stores to receive their shipments. As her and Grace argue over which images to use for their editorial spreads. Yes, Rachel Zoe may influence what celebrities wear, but Anna Wintour influences the actual designs that they are wearing. Anna influences what is actually produced by the designers. Without her, the celebrities would have pieces to wear. To further illustrate just how powerful Anna is, R.J Cutler the director and producer of the documentary said:
“Well, you can make a film in Hollywood without Steven Spielberg’s blessing, and you can publish software in Silicon Valley without Bill Gates’ blessing, but it’s pretty clear to me that you can’t succeed in the fashion industry without Anna Wintour’s blessing.”
This was my second time seeing the film and I must admit I loved it even more the second time around. It was just as inspirational, motivational, and amazing as the first time I saw it. First of all, I fucking love Andre Leon Talley. He is hilarious and I really think he needs his own reality show. (I’ve even gotten my friend to fall in love with him through his guest appearances on America’s Next Top Model). Second of all, I think it’s apparent that I have a thing for cold heartless bitches, as I’ve previously mentioned how strongly I admire Kelly Cutrone. One of my favorite parts of the film is when Anna Wintour, without hesitation, tells the camera guy that his photo needs some re-touching in the belly area or he needs to start hitting the gym. Anna Wintour, like Kelly Cutrone is brutally honest. But that’s what I love about her. She is decisive, opinionated, and confident. Three qualities I am not. I guess what it comes down to is that I just love bitches. Because bitches get things done.