Having dressed some of the most iconic and stylish women on the planet – from Elizabeth Taylor to Jacqueline Kennedy and beyond – Valentino is a couture house well known for its unashamedly feminine clothes and accessories the world over. But of course, as many of us know, Valentino also excel in the world of scent…

Firstly, can we mention the bottle…? Just stunning – a faceted glass paean to the pink perfume inside, and showcasing the contrast of the elegant-with-an-edge character of the woman who wears the label and loves the perfume, too. Rose essence echoes the fragility, with gently rounded notes of bergamot and irresistibly chic iris pallida radiating refinement and adding a suede-like powdery softness and texture.

As a finishing touch to this fragrant look-book-in-a-bottle, we are given warmly intense notes of leather blended with patchouli and vanilla ‘… to express an exquisite, inescapable carnality.’

A white suede perfectly tailored pencil skirt worn with a cashmere cardigan (leave a few pearl buttons open for va-va-voom appeal), Valentino Donna is effortlessly Italian, for every-day elegance.

Valentino Donna £69 for 50ml eau de parfum
Buy it from Harrods

Read more about the Valentino fragrance house here

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