Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Valentino the Last Emperor
This is a great film about fashion and business. It is a great film to get a perspective on the artistry of fashion and the business necessary to uphold it. I had no real desire to know more about Valentino, but as soon I started watching, I was mesmerized by his personality, pugs, gorgeous life, and insane homes (I mean insane in a good way, insane in a way that I will never live in homes like these).
The film centers around Valentino and his partner Giancarlo Giametti selling the company to HdP an Italian conglomerate in 1998. Subsequently as we see in the film the company is then sold in 2002 by HdP to Marzotto Apparel with much upheaval for Valentino as his business would have to change and branch out from exclusively couture.
It definitely has that end of an era feel, because we are at the end of the days of grand couture, but is so lovely, funny, and a true spectacle. Karl Lagerfeld is in it briefly and proves himself a kind friend which maybe makes it even more worth seeing.