Since its conception in 1960, the Valentino name has become synonymous with mid-century Italian glamour, and has gained an international audience comprising of the most sophisticated women in the world. This season creative directors Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri maintain Garavani’s flair for drama and couture workmanship, while presenting a youthful and evidently more romantic perspective on traditional Valentino classics, which is accurately portrayed by Valentino’s pre-SS15 bags and shoes. In keeping with Valentino trend, the themes of the collection remain consistent and recognisable throughout the pieces, emphasising the standout nature of any Valentino item. This season we see rockstuds and fringing reflecting a youthful, sophistication-with-attitude inspired style. The medium tote in smooth calfskin leather comes in light cuir and nero, featuring rockstuds along the edges and a removable strap, to enhance a day time or night time look.  It is the perfect every day bag that complements on or off-duty dressing. For the travelling woman, who needs to pack more into their everyday, there is the large tote that is similar in both style and design to its medium sized counterpart, with rockstuds on the edges and straps. A key differentiating feature of this unique piece is that it is reversible to be either nero (black) or light cuir (tan) to cater to any situation or look! The clutch this season features the somewhat less Valentino-esque embellishment of fringed edges, while still maintaining the elegance and sophistication that the name embodies. Consistent with modest tones, the fringed clutch also comes in only nero or light cuir and is larger in size than a usual clutch to enable more practicality. The clutch can be paired with the strapped heel that features fringing at the ankle, and also comes in light cuir and nero, for a sophisticated style with a little bit of attitude. For a neater look, there is the Va Va Voom shoulder bag in black leather, that features a detachable silver chain and the signature rockstuds in a neatly embellished handle on the front flap, rather than around the edges. This is the ideal bag to complement a consolidated and feminine outfit and can be paired with the thong sandal in nero/light cuir or light cuir.

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