It always feels like a dream whenever I get to work with luxury brands I grew up aspiring to one day own in my wardrobe, and my most recent partnership with none other than Valentino has to be an opportunity I still thought only possible in my fantasies even in my adult years. There are some brands you grow out of as you mature and your taste evolves, but Valentino has been one that inspired me as a teenager and continues to inspire me as a woman – it has just the right balance of elegance, femininity and sophistication.
After having such a close and long standing relationship with the brand and the Valentino team for the past few years it seemed natural to work together on something incredibly special; a world exclusive first look at their Mirabilia Romae Capsule Collection. This special pret-a-porter and accessories capsule collection was created in celebration of Valentino’s recent store opening in Piazza di Spagna, their biggest flagship store in the world, which also provided a mesmerising backdrop for their Mirabilia Romae Haute Couture Show.
Inspired by a drawing of a black eagle, the symbol of Rome, for its power and prosperity, this all-black capsule collection for both men and women is available only in their Rome store.
For me, working with brands I genuinely love like Valentino are a blessing, but to be able to work on world exclusives like this is a true honour. People say it all the time that others have commented about how these words don’t have the same effect anymore, but there is no other way to describe it, and I am all for showing my gratitude for opportunities that require so much trust and respect from the brand to work on projects like this in complete secrecy. But the very best part? Being able to share this with all of you.
Photographer: Luke Shadbolt