The Emperor’s New Close

Oh that red bag… Or to be more precise for all those fashion lovers and pop culture addicts, oh rosso Valentino…  Rosso Valentino is a trademark color that has adorned such cultural icons as Jackie O, Elizabeth Taylor and Princess Margaret. This color has been symbolically linked to legendary designer Valentino Garavani and his fashion house, much like the little blue box is to Tiffany’s. The red that we associate with the designer has never been so encapsulating…until now.

Premiering at the 2008 Venice International Film Festival,  Valentino: The Last Emperor is a feature length film that documents the life of Valentino. Produced and directed by Matt Tyrnauer, a special correspondent for Vanity Fair, the film gives us a glimpse into the last years of Valentino’s creative direction of his maison de couture. Shot from June 2005 to July 2007, the documentary is an intimate portrait of what was to be Valentino’s final curtain bow at his 2007 Ready-to-Wear show in Paris.

The film explores the depths of the company and its future, while taking us on a personal journey of the man behind the legend, from his early development as a young apprentice in Italy to a rather humorous wall-to-wall take on the icon’s singular vision and world. And what a world it is. At the core of the film is the relationship and love that Valentino shares with his longtime business and relationship partner Giancarlo Giammetti as the two men face a 50 year career milestone being on the top of one of fashion’s most recognizable houses, confronting the last two years of his creative control, and even his astounding admiration for his six pugs. Rosso Valentino is a combination of 100% magenta, 100% yellow and 10% black. Valentino: The Last Emperor is a combination of art, life, career, love, but more importantly, it is 100% Valentino and we can’t wait to slip into that.

-By Eric Zamorez

Valentino: The Last Emperor opens on Friday, April 3, at Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in Los Angeles.

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