Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpalo Piccioli’s Valentino understands the modern woman. Valentino is a label that celebrates individuality, independence and confidence, without deterring from elegance and sophistication. It is a label that embodies the twenty-first century woman and allows her to boldly express herself, making it a first-choice for the likes of strong women such as Anna Dello Russo, Emma Watson and Alexa Chung. Drawing from their accessory design background, Chiuri and Piccioli have taken Valentino accessories to the forefront of luxury fashion - most recently through the classically inspired and femininely embellished trans-seasonal rockstud story. This season, the Noir Valentino Rockstud High Heel is featured in patent black, and is the ultimate shoe for a glamorous night out. For a subtler, daytime alternative the Valentino Rockstud High Heel also features in patent poudre, and exudes classical Valentino femininity when paired with an elegant dress or maxi-skirt ensemble. The Valentino Rockstud High Heel also appears in pure leather in a nero/poudre combination. The statement, high-fashion shoe is a revered piece in the wardrobes of Kate Bosworth, Giovanna Battiglia and Clemence Poesy, and has been featured prominently in W Magazine and Elle Magazine UK, for its functionality, empowering quality and standout sophistication. The Noir Valentino Rockstud Kitten Heel in patent black strikes a perfect balance between glamorous and sophisticated and is therefore the ideal shoe for day-to-night, work-to-play wear. This season, the Rockstud Kitten Heel also features in patent poudre to cater to any casual or formal outfit, and in nero/poudre leather for additional statement glamour. In emphasising Chiuri and Piccioli’s emphasis on the modern woman’s needs, Valentino has transcended the thematic rockstud to adapt to a non-heeled variety, managing to artfully create a stunning series of Valentino Rockstud Ballerina Flats that exudes the sophistication, feminine attitude and functionality that is levelled with its heeled counterparts. The Valentino Noir Rockstud Ballerina Flat in patent black, as seen in Vogue Australia, is a wardrobe staple and can be paired with any outfit to suit any occasion. The Valentino Rockstud Ballerina Flat in poudre, is the ultimate basic shoe that is loved by Alessandra Ambrosia and Daphne Guiness for its elegant simplicity and composed, feminine style.  The Valentino Rockstud Ballerina Flat in leather nero/poudre is for the woman who loves a statement shoe in her everyday wear as it exudes confidence, attitude and modern sophistication – values that embody the twenty-first century, fashion-forward woman. The standout Valentino shoe of the season is the Valentino Brocade Camougarden slipper in nero. This season’s Valentino Pre-AW15 RTW saw the introduction of the Brocade Camougarden story, which like the rockstud chapter, has also transitioned from other collections, into shoes. This demonstrates Chiuri and Piccioli’s passion for creating accessories of equivocal standards and high-fashion qualities to their RTW collections, emphasising a family structure amongst the designs of the Valentino label. Overall, between the rockstud and camougarden stories, Chiuri and Piccioli demonstrate a thematic consistency within the label that allows any Valentino accessory to become instantly recognisable as Valentino piece.

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