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Yeah! Valentino the Last Emperor available for DVD preorder August 18, 2009

For those of you who have worn your Devil Wears Prada DVDs thin, rewinding and mouthing your favorite lines, your replacement is here: “Valentino the Last Emperor” is available for preorder on DVD.

You’ve seen ‘Valentino The Last Emperor’ in theaters, NOW OWN IT on DVD or Blu-ray! Scheduled to be released on September 8, the DVD and Blu-ray are already available for PRE-ORDER in the U.S. and Canada.
Buy it now at

In addition to the original feature-length film, the disks include THREE MINI-FEATURES covering the unique world of haute couture and the unmatched highlife of Valentino and Giancarlo Giammetti.
Watch an exclusive preview at


Valentino movie takes Midwest by storm, still going strong July 19, 2009

A wonderful note about the success of the Valentino movie, but what touched me was that it opened in both Columbia, Mo., and Des Moines, Iowa, two small Midwestern cities I once inhabited. Brava, Columbia and Des Moines!

valentinoDear Friends & Fans,

After a very strong first weekend in CANADA, we are happy to announce that we’re adding more screens in TORONTO (now also at AMC Winston Churchill and AMC Kennedy Commons) and MONTREAL (now also at Cinema Fortune Cavendish). Check the full listing of all 7 theaters on our website.

In the U.S., while still going strong in NEW YORK and LOS ANGELES after almost 4 months, Valentino continues to fill art houses around the country: This week WILTON, NH, and COLUMBIA, MO, are added to the list. And IOWANS, who so boldly embraced gay marriage a few months ago, can rush to the Varsity Theater in DES MOINES to learn a few lessons about longevity in relationships from the Italian couturier!

And that’s not all! We have a great program for the rest of the summer, which includes engagements in LAS VEGAS, MARTHA’S VINEYARD, THE VILLAGES in FLORIDA, ORLANDO, ESTERO, TEMPE, SACO, ELLSWORTH and return engagements to PALM SPRINGS and CHICAGO. See the list of all upcoming cities below or at

Have a great weekend!

“What is the difference between good style and trash?
Darling, I have no idea!” -Joan Collins

The Valentino Team


Valentino at Long Island’s CinemaArts Centre April 20, 2009

valtinoThe great Valentino documentary, “Valentino, The Last Emperor,” continues to break records in art film houses, but I was especially thrilled to discover the it is playing at my new favorite CinemaArts Centre near my country home in Huntington, N.Y. Director Matt Tyrnauer introduced the film last Friday, which I could kill myself for not knowing, because it was impossible to get tickets the director presentations at NYC’s FilmForum. I’d highly recommend seeing the movie at the cushy CinemaArts Centre, which is one of the fanciest art houses I’ve ever seen, complete with its own sculpture garden, chic cafe, and 3 roomy theaters, all set like a pearl in the oyster of this quaint Long Island Sound-side village. I checked with the cinema, and it’s supposed to be playing through this week, but will linger if there’s a good turnout. Learn more here.


Valentino Rules April 1, 2009

I went to see Valentino The Last Emperor yesterday and it was total fabulousity. I just want to go live with designer Valentino and his partner Giancarlo. They are adorable in this frank look at the couture fashion world. Learn more here. And check out the trailer and interview. More on YouTube.


Valentino: The Last Emperor March 12, 2009

valentinoIn my draping certificate final project last year, I dubbed my collection, “Ode to Valentino,” and I spent many joyous hours researching Valentino’s work and life in the FIT library. Not only did the man fashion amazing garments—he had an amazing life. And next week, “Valentino, The Last Emperor” will make its U.S. debut at New York City’s Film Forum and then open in Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco and Dallas. At last, we’ll get an intimate glimpse of one of Italy’s richest and most famous men and explore his unique relationship with his business partner and companion of 50 years, Giancarlo Giammetti. I can’t wait! Learn more.