A must-see fashion documentary

Hey, we’ve watched Project Runway — the world of fashion, while glamorous, can be both a heart- and back-breaking industry. So why would one choose to seek their fortune there? “I love beauty. … It’s not my fault,” shrugs the famed fashion designer Valentino Garavani in the excellent and entertaining documentary Valentino: The Last Emperor (available on DVD 9/8).

Directed by Matt Tyrnauer, the film follows the deeply tanned designer from 2005 to 2007, years in which Valentino grapples with impending retirement, his brand’s 45th anniversary and the sale of his label to a private firm. The glimpse into his world—his five pugs, his private planes and his yachts; the celebrity friends/fans like Gwyneth Paltrow; the models, press and whirling cameras backstage at his shows—all make for compelling viewing. But the true heart of the movie is Valentino’s relationship with Giancarlo Giammetti, his business partner and companion for 50 years. Deeply tender and hilarious, this love story—even more than the fashion—is what steals the spotlight

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A must-see fashion documentary