HOME COUNTRY: In Milan, a slew of designers turned out for the premiere of “Valentino: The Last Emperor,” now on the shortlist of the Oscar nominations for best documentary. Reacting to the news, Valentino mused, “What can I say? An Oscar would be an incredible crowning for an emperor.”
On Thursday night, a perky Valentino teased red-carpet photographers by imitating them as they called out, “Left! Right, maestro!” He did become quite emotional, though, when he saluted Giorgio Armani, who said the praise for Valentino was well-deserved. But when asked whether he would want to take part in a documentary, Armani replied, “Maybe it’s a bit late for me. Valentino enjoys this sort of thing, myself no.” Giancarlo Giammetti, instead, gushed about the turnout in Milan, and on how “we’ve never done an event like this here.”
Director Matt Tyrnauer was happy to move on to a different subject for his next film, stating, “I’m retiring from fashion, unless Dolce & Gabbana call me in the morning.” Attendees included Naomi Campbell with Vladislav Doronin; Allegra Versace, who slipped past the media on her way in and out; Margherita Missoni, and Italian TV personality Simona Ventura, who appears a number of times in the film.