>> INSIDER WIRE —Valentino may have relieved himself of the accelerating fashion schedule, but another equally vexing burden might have taken its place. Although a Valentino spokesperson wouldn't confirm — they don't comment on the designer's personal affairs — it appears that Valentino may be a victim of the Bernie Madoff scandal. Sources "from the fashion world" say that he was defrauded of "a significant amount of cash." [Evening Standard]
>> In honor of the US premiere of Valentino: The Last Emperor today at the Hamptons International Film Festival, two more clips from the documentary, this time focusing on Valentino and his longtime business partner Giancarlo Giammetti, rather than the designer's pugs. Valentino pulls Giancarlo aside during the preparation of a show, angry: "Cheri, please, a bomb is going to explode here. Look at my hand shaking! I've been working for 40 hours straight." Giancarlo tries to remind him that the cameras are rolling, but Valentino says he doesn't care and threatens to quit the film altogether. As Giancarlo sums up their relationship, "To be with Valentino as a friend, as a lover, as an employee, you need a lot of patience." And patient Giancarlo is.
Matt Tyrnaur's film on the life and times of Valentino and his business partner Giancarlo Giammetti entitled "Valentino: The Last Emperor" is making the film festival rounds and as we prepare to see a Valentino collection in Paris without the great man at the helm we thought we would publish a few film clips graciously furnished us by the production company.
"I love a beautiful lady. I love a beautiful dog. I love a beautiful dog. I love beauty. It's not my fault. "
>> Today, Valentino: The Last Emperor, Matt Tyrnauer's fly-on-the-wall documentary that follows the designer from June 2005 to June 2007, debuted at the Venice Film Festival. Valentino favorite Natalia Vodianova was in attendance, and Valentino successor Alessandra Facchinetti even showed up for support.
The designer says that during filming, he didn't try to hide anything from the cameras, even when he got into a disagreement with his longtime business partner Giancarlo Giammetti:
When I work and I create, I am not very approachable. To . . . know everything I say was being recorded did irritate me. There were moments of anger, when somebody says something that I don't like, but I was completely myself from the beginning to the end and nothing was edited.
Director Tyrnauer praised Valentino for his willingness to be "wired" for two years and allowing himself to be depicted on film "warts and all," adding that there were very few times when he asked that the cameras be turned off: "They only screamed at us occasionally and we put most of it in the film."
One such moment? When Valentino, exasperated by the chaos backstage at one of his shows, proclaims, "People must learn that they have to follow me. They must be down on their knees in front of me!"
Valentino had no editorial control over the film, and apparently isn't always portrayed in the best of lights, but Karl Lagerfeld seems to think the world of his fellow designer: “Compared to you, darling,” he says in the film, “the rest of us are making rags.”