Valentino On-Screen

If you’re into fashion –– and even if you’re not –– you must get down to the Jane Pickens in Newport tonight to see Valentino: The Last Emperor. It’s the last night the documentary is playing. I saw it last week and, trust me, you’ll love it. Producer and director Matt Tyrnauer managed to capture an ultra-insidery view of the world of this iconic designer –– a world most of us will never get so much as a glimpse of in real life –– despite some protestations of Valentino himself to get the camera out of his face. You’ll see the design process behind his to-die-for gowns –– all made by hand by dozens of Italian seamstresses –– and the planning of his forty-fifth anniversary party in 2007, just months before he announced his retirement. Words don’t really do it justice, but if you make it down to Newport tonight, you definitely won’t regret it.