While I may not be adventurous enough for a crazy, fun hairstyle these days (the ’80s were a whole different story!), I can definitely project that side of myself with the right bag. Like this twist on the fur-covered front flap by Valentino.
That tuft of hair hanging down is about all the controversy I can muster up the energy to manage, and even so, it’s making me feel like an instant badass. On a bigger bag, this asymmetric mohawk of a white mane, contrasted against caramel antelope fur, would cross the line into the category of bad taste. But contained on a cute mini crossbody, it is untamed perfection. It doesn’t hurt that the shoulder strap comes off, turning this into the best little clutch for a party.
Valentino is one of the most iconic luxury fashion houses in the world, famed for its red carpet favourites and super-glam aesthetic.
THIS SEASON AT VALENTINO
The starting point for Valentino Fall/Winter 2016 was ballet and, at large, the freedom expressed in dance. The designer duo channelled punk ballerina Karole Armitage through the collection’s attitude – tough, strong and wholly feminine in the most modern of senses. The result was a bevy of breathtaking looks that every Valentino fanatic will adore, the overall aesthetic gently pushed in a slightly new direction for a new season. Tulles and tutus literalise the theme, while velvet made lightweight and just as seemingly weightless silhouettes offer an almost ethereal kind of elegance. It’s all about the way the dresses move – slip one on and you’ll know exactly what we mean.
THE VALENTINO STORY
Established in 1960 by the masterful Valentino Garavani, Valentino is the storied label synonymous with the red dress. Since 2008 creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli have successfully updated the brand, fusing the founder’s legendary design codes with a fresh aesthetic. Over 50 years later Valentino continues to produce hugely adored collections that are coveted by A-listers and fashion insiders alike. Each season the fash packs swoons over the latest update to a look that has been refreshed regular for nearly half a century. Of course, at the heart of that aesthetic remains a certain Roman glamour – a regal, majestic kind of magic that only a Valentino piece could promise. ‘There’s something about a Valentino look – it feels just as good in the flesh as it looks in the picture, and to me that’s the definition of luxury.’