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Thursday, August 28, 2008

"Valentino: The Last Emperor" Documentary Premieres at Venice Film Festival

When I first heard Valentino Garavani was retiring, a little part of me died. His farewell collection was nothing short of spectacular and only solidified my anguish at his departure from the world of fashion. Fortunately, the last couple of years leading up to his retirement were filmed and chronicled by Vanity Fair special correspondent Matt Tyrnauer. "Valentino: The Last Emperor" shows us all exactly why this iconic fashion designer is truly the last of a dying breed.

The documentary premiered at the Venice Film Festival where Valentino, accompanied by model Eva Herzigova and Tyrnauer, walked the red carpet in the same manner so many of the famous women he dressed throughout his long career did. Among the moments captured on film is Valentino's recollection of pride when Julia Roberts accepted her Academy Award for 'Erin Brockovich' wearing one his vintage designs. Let's face it, she may have won an Oscar but that Valentino dress stole the show.

I will miss him terribly. His presence in fashion will be felt for many years. I only hope this film makes its' way to my neck of the woods so I may bask in his brilliance one last time. I leave you with one of his more poignant quotes - "I don't think haute couture will ever really die. It's like a beautiful song, it will be there forever and it will never go out of fashion".

Photo credits:, Duck Side


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