Wednesday, October 22, 2008

VALENTINO---The Last Emperor

The October 20th screening of Valentino: The Last Emperor was shall we say, to die for. Even though it was in the middle of the day.

But then there was free popcorn, and Andre Leon Talley sat in the seat behind me. The movie started, and it was awesome.

The documentary opens with Valentino's Spring 06 collection, looks back on the Dolce Vita days and ends with his three day Roman blowout and retirement.

It's part love story (him and Giancarlo), and part tragic end of an era (of couturiers that simply won't exist again). It's about a man who's wants nothing more than to make women feel beautiful but who can't, or won't, find a way to fit into a changed industry, and I totally cried at the end.

But the best bits, which happen all though the movie right up until that final runway bow and Valentino's heartfelt tears, are all the hysterical Odd Couple moments between Valentino and Giancarlo. They bicker over sets, over models, over pleats, and when Giancarlo asks Valentino why he's using pink for his finale dresses instead of red, Valentino responds, disgusted, "Enough with the red! The red dresses are the most simple, the most stupid!"

Giancarlo says, "To be with Valentino as a friend, as a lover, as an employee - it's all the same. You need a lot of patience." And then he tells Valentino he's too tan, which was, I think, Andre's favorite moment.

Mine? When Karl Lagerfeld congratulated Valentino, "This is how it's done. Compared to us, all the rest are making rags!"

Member's Only Luxury

WHAT: Members Only's chinchilla and lambskin bomber jacket

WHY: Baby, it's cold outside, and what better way to beat the chill than with this too-cool-for-school bomber? When Members Only relaunched last year, the brand was embraced by hipsters and uptowners alike. The universal love is sure to extend to this super-luxe lambskin jacket trimmed in chinchilla.

Available: At Member's Only in Mid-November 2008.

"To me every hour of the day and night is an unspeakably perfect miracle."---Walter Chrysler

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Black Sabbath Converse

Here's a little trend I almost forgot to tell you about.

Considered to be one of the most iconic sneakers of all time, the Chuck Taylor has been kicking it for 91 years and counting. Definitely a favorite amongst musicians due to its classic, simple styling. As part of their music series this year, Converse releases a collection of Black Sabbath joints. Keeping it simple two pairs of Chuck Taylors are seen in a black and white colorway alongside a 4-strap Jack Purcell Hi reminiscent of the Nathan Cabrera for Dr. Romanelli’s seen a couple of years back. All three have hit select Converse accounts. Journey's has one style for pre-order and you can pick the other styles up November 1, 2008 at the Converse website.

"The world always looks a little brighter behind a smile."---Author Unknown

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Favorites Of The Day

Seriously, I tried to walk away....slowly....But I couldn''s just soooo beautiful.

Louis Vuitton
Monogram Canvas Etoile Bowling Bag
Available at: e-luxury

I liked this necklace when I first saw it, now, after a few months I love it! It has grown on me.

Stone Embellished Necklace
Available at Net-a-Porter

If you're feelin' a little crazy, a little wild, a little free...these ear muffs are a do!
Emilio Pucci
Lapin Earmuffs
Available at: Net-A-Porter

"Impatience never commanded success."---Edwin H. Chapin

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