Valentino Garavani is a man who dreams big – and who makes sure his dreams come true. He founded his eponymous fashion house in 1960, when he was still under thirty, and quickly became one of Italian fashion's indisputable headliners. Armed with his unique sense of colour, he marked an entire generation, not to mention inspiring the next. One such admirer was a certain Pierpaolo Piccioli, who went on to become the label's artistic director in 2008. Equally passionate about fashion and colour, he brought a breath of fresh air to the Valentino Garavani brand, with sometimes sensual, sometimes celestial looks, always led by a unique sense of volume and shape.
A true testament to Italian leather craftsmanship, Valentino Garavani bags are synonymous with excellence and style. Decorated with studs, the house's signature, they are both elegant and irreverent. All you need to do is choose the one that suits you. The more discreet among you will probably prefer the Stud Sign Hobo or One Stud, or perhaps the more recent Vlogo, featuring the house's signature V, while those who favour a bolder look are sure to appreciate the ornamented Roman Stud and RockStud. Available in understated colours – white, brown, black – or more heady, opulent hues, each Valentino Garavani bag is an object to treasure and display. And the label's shoes have plenty to offer too: with sneakers and studded sandals, loafers and logo boots, platform soles and vertiginous heels, this audacious style makes an impact top to toe.
Represented by none other than actress Zendaya and Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton, the house is now turning pink. A bold, bright, strong, rich, confident pink. While some designers stick with black or white to attract the fashion masses, Pierpaolo Piccioli proves to us that the Valentino pink suits all skin tones, all bodies, all moods and all souls. Ready to see la vie en rose?