Fashion documentaries to watch during MFW


Best fashion documentaries to watch during Milan fashion week. Italian fashion designers in film. Frida Giannini Gucci: The Director and Valentino: The Last Emperor fashion documentaries review and preview. via british fashion blog
Milan fashion week is my pool of joy, an ocean of utter bliss I want to dive in. Every year it makes me realise that it's understandable to seek quality, it is perfectly normal to crave the craftsmanship and, yes, it is natural to indulge in small doses of opulence and glamour, just enough to please my Russian-born-Taurus-Snake DNA (a-ha, the defining moment when I just had to mention horoscopes).

I bathe in happiness and beauty during this time of year. The numerous collections designed by some of the best houses and designers in the industry are a constant source of inspiration - they maintain my energy vibes so well that I don't find it necessary to search for the right feeling some place else. On a subconscious level I am almost ready to admit that my need of fashion documentaries is proportioned to the quality of the collections... Hence, I wasn't exactly destroyed by having only two documentaries to share.

Gucci Spring/Summer 2013 / Frida Giannini fashion documentary / Gucci: The Director via
I watched The Director three times by now. First time I felt a little disappointed, though couldn't quite explain why... So I saw the film focusing on Frida Giannini and her work at Gucci again. Then it hit me that the sensation of loss and sadness had nothing to do with the documentary, but the fact that it simply wasn't long enough - I could spend hours watching Giannini at her studio developing both mens and women's Spring 2013 collections, casting the models, listening to her interviews and opinion, following the designer on her travels and witnessing a few really sweet and precious moments including the ones when she talks about her private life and announces her pregnancy. Another curious detail that I only noticed during my third "screening" was the little chat between Giannini and Michele - she refused to use a vintage Gucci bag referring to it as "granny" while Alessandro was clearly into the whole vibe... This time it seemed almost like an omen. But no more talking... Available on Netflix.

Natalia Vodianova at Valentino Spring/Summer 2008 Haute Couture / Valentino: The Last Emperor fashion documentary /  best fashion documentaries to watch / via british fashion blog
Valentino: The Last Emperor is probably one of the most favourite fashion films of mine it documents the life of Valentino Garavani and his partner Giancarlo Giammetti from June 2005 to July 2007 while Valentino is working on his Spring/Summer 2006 collection and the anniversary show celebrating his 45-year career. Not only it is a rare opportunity to get invited to one of the most prestigious fashion houses in the world and Garavani-Giammetti inner circle, but it also a chance to see and realise the brilliance and talent of Valentino who is, lets face it, once of the last few remaining fashion designers who don't only know everything about couture, but able to create it.

Photo source: Gucci Spring/Summer 2013 via The Sartorialist &, Valentino Couture Spring/Summer 2006 & 2008 via


  1. Hello Natalia, I feel exactly like you. Now it's Paris turn. Let's see what they have in store for us! Baci,
    Coco et La vie en rose fashion blog - Valeria Arizzi

  2. I saw Valentino The Emperor and it was amazing! I love how it chronicled his day to day life. I will have to check out The Director. Thanks Natalia.

  3. These sound great!♥♥

  4. Me encanta el vestido verde y esas sandalias de hebilla son preciosas!

  5. i love valentino!! excellent movie, and i see why you picked it.

  6. I love how you expression how you feel about these shows! I can understand being disappointed to at a wonderful presentation being too short! What a great compliment. I adore Valentino and Gucci!
    Great share!
    xx, Elle