To step into the universe of Valentino is to discover a world of divine elegance, sensual pleasure, true glamour – and even dreams-come-true…

This is a couture name whose clothes are loved (and worn) by stylish women the world over – from Jackie Kennedy to Jennifer Aniston, Nicole Kidman to Gwyneth Paltrow, Elizabeth Taylor to Cate Blanchett, Audrey Hepburn to Halle Berry.

Screen goddesses, princesses and the glamorous wives of billionaires have always flocked to Valentino: the label is responsible for the glamour and elegance of half the names on the ‘Best Dressed List’…

VALENTINO_DESIGNERSDecades after the label’s debut, Valentino’s catwalk shows continue to be received with universal acclaim – and movie stars are still the designer label’s stunning ambassadors.

They turn to Valentino because nobody understands the ‘red carpet moment’ better, or makes photographer’s flashguns whirr that bit louder.

Valentino‘s designer team truly understand glamour from the inside-out: Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli (left). Recently, maintaining that red carpet presence, Emma Watson wore ivory lace Valentino to the BAFTAS, while Anne Hathaway sashayed into the Oscars in a red Valentino column dress created by this talented duo.

VALENTINO_EDTAnd when it comes to fragrance…? The philosophy behind each creation has always been: ‘A woman must cause heads to turn when she enters a room…’

So the Valentino name has become known through the years for fragrances as glamorous as those frocks – but a new breeze has been blowing through the line, recently, with new Valentino fragrances: as show-stopping, as feminine and glamorous as the clothes themselves. Today, we have a ‘wardrobe’ of them to choose from – and each stunningly bottled.

Take Valentina, created by master perfumers Olivier Cresp and Alberto Morrilas ‘as a tribute to today’s Valentino woman’. In this Italian floral Oriental, you’ll encounter uplifting Calabrian bergamot, and the radiant beauty of jasmine, Amalfi orange blossom and tuberose, offset by wild strawberries. Unusually, there’s a note of white Alba truffles, to shake things up and add intrigue and depth. The base notes hum and purr: sensual amber, alongside cedar: a blatantly feminine modern classic.

VALENTINO ASSOLUTO EDITEDValentina Acqua Floreale is a fresh, airy interpretation of Valentina, with its elegant notes of sambac jasmine, orange flower, nymphea (water lily), light touches of fruit, warmed by the intensity of patchouli and vanilla. And check out the bottle, accessorised by its leather flower – the unique emblem of Valentino couture.

And if Acqua Floreale is light, Valentino Assoluto is its seductive, sensual counterpoint: a white floral chypre bouquet (again, by the masterful Olivier Cresp), with those touches of alba truffle, beside oak moss and patchouli, designed to reflect a woman’s intense femininity, showcased in a stunning opaline bottle. (Can we recommend spending a few minutes on the website, below, for a behind-the-scenes look at this and the other fragrances…? There are some really rather lovely films there.)

Glamour? There’s really nobody does it better.



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