>> INSIDER WIRE —If you're not yet convinced that Valentino: The Last Emperor is a must-see, here's another reason to watch: Valentino's six pugs — Milton, Monty, Maude, Margot, Maggie and Molly — play co-starring roles, appearing on film as their dog butler brushes their teeth, sprays them with cologne, and dresses them in diamante chandelier earrings. [WWD]
>> 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.”
Applause erupted from the hundreds of onlookers as the designer's coffin was carried into the Eglise Saint-Roch for the funeral mass. A string quartet played as invited guests took their seats in a church decorated with jasmine and white lilies.
During services, former YSL muse Catherine Deneuve, visibly moved, gave a reading from a Walt Whitman poem, followed by a eulogy from Pierre Berge, Saint Laurent's former lover and long-time business partner: "He turned fashion on its head, making it socially relevant rather than merely aesthetic. With Saint Laurent, women ceased being merely clothes-horses or the objects of designer fantasies."
As expected, a number of fashion figures attended — John Galliano, Christian Lacroix, Claudia Schiffer, Laetitia Casta — but noticeably absent was rival Karl Lagerfeld, who according to a Chanel spokesperson was "away on business." Most of the women attendees were dressed in pants suits, in tribute to the designer's reputation as the man who put women in pants.
Yves Saint Laurent's body will be cremated and then scattered in the Majorelle Gardens in Morocco, where he spent much of his life. A short video of the services is here.
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7/7/07 wasn't just about weddings and Live Earth. There was the lucky group in Rome this weekend that dedicated their time to Valentino. Stars stepped out to celebrate the fashion icon's 45th anniversary in fashion. Everyone from Mick Jagger to Anna Wintour was there. Other VIPs included Elle Macpherson, Tom Ford, SJP and Anne Hathaway who all walked the red carpet at the Villa Borghese. What did you think about all the red carpet looks? Jennifer Hudson went for the faux short hair but we're not loving it. And Sienna - WOW, are you into her bold look? Even the men like the adorable Rupert Everett and Lance Armstrong were excited to share in the festivities.
Lots more pics from the red carpet in Italy including Eva Mendes, Claudia Schiffer, Claire Danes and Margherita Missoni so read more
Some very fabulous and very lucky ladies jetted off to Rome for a full weekend of festivities celebrating Valentino's 45th Anniversary, starting off with this Friday night dinner where everyone was dressed to the nines. Other than Sarah Jessica Parker, who was dressed to blend in with my grandmother's curtains in that bolero (check out the gallery to see what I mean). But hey, SJP does what SJP wants -- braided bun included. Luckily, all the other ladies looked great and, as I said, this is just the beginning. Check back throughout the day -- so much more of the dazzling Valentino still to come!
To see a ton more pictures of the red carpet, including all the lovely ladies above, plus Joan Collins, Tom Ford, Princess Caroline of Monaco, Hugh Dancy and that SJP Monstrocity just read more