Last night I spent quite the enjoyable evening with Zenia, Laia and Vivian going to dinner and a movie. Dinner was good, but the movie, Valentino: The Last Emperor, was the highlight of the night.
This is easily the most charming movie I have seen in quite some time. If you're not familiar with it, the film is a documentary covering the last two years of Valentino's career prior to his retirement. It covers his shows, his relationship with his partner (both in the personal and business sense) Giancarlo, his dogs, his seamstresses and it covers his final blowout party at the Coliseum. He is a wonderfully fastidious, eccentric, delightfully imperial little man who is simply a joy to watch.
The craftsmanship that is involved in his clothing is the second star of the movie. Everything, and I mean everything, is done by hand. They don't even have sewing machines in the atelier! I actually came out of the theater totally depressed that he had retired, as it is pretty clear that no one is going to be following in his very talented couture oriented footsteps.
So get thee to the Film Forum before March 31st and prepare to be transported (to Valentino's world...it is his and we just live in it).
Outside of New York, look for it to open during the month of April.