I am by no means a film critic, but an avid lover of cinema and literature alike. I watched this documentary, eager to learn more about one of my favorite fashion houses and designers. I was very surprised by my reactions. I’m going to start by saying this is definitely a movie to see. It doesn’t provide as much of a glimpse into the world of fashion as other documentaries do but it is really enlightening in terms of learning about Valentino and what kind of man he is. As a psych major, I was really interested in his narcissism and the unusual way it manifested itself. Garavani is so consumed with his work this amazing life and force in the world of fashion that he has built. The way he shoves aside any contradictory opinion and says that he is right when — as the movie proves — he is not unless it is a matter of fashion, is fascinating. His entire world revolves around beauty, I couldn’t even fathom the amount of times he said the word “Beautiful” in the film. It is sheer luck that the documentary was made at this time — documenting the last year of Valentino’s career before it was known to be his last year. With all the turmoil surrounding the business, I found Valentino and Giancarlo Giammetti’s relationship to be the most endearing and interesting. These men work together and love each other day in and day out and getting this glimpse into their lives was really eye-opening. It’s such a difficult business — one that I am killing myself to enter.
Also, the beginning with the puppies? My favorite part. Scratch that. Any part with the puppies. And seeing Lagerfeld animated the way he was…I see him as such a caricature in such a phenomenal way.