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

VALENTINO_AQUA_FLOREALEThis is an enduring 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 and more.

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

Decades 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 fashion designer Pierpaolo PiccioliValentino truly understands glamour from the inside-out. Pierpaolo Piccioli (right), has taken the reins as Creative Director, showing a true understanding of Valentino’s heritage. Working closely with the artisans and with the Italian expertise has been fundamental. It has allowed me to understand and perceive the rules in order to break them and rewrite them.’ Maintaining that red carpet presence, Emma Watson has worn ivory lace Valentino to the BAFTAS, while Anne Hathaway sashayed into the Oscars in a red Valentino column dress created by this talented designer.

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 fresh breeze has been blowing through the line, recently, with 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.

Valentina 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.

bottle of valentino uomo men's perfumeAnd 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 oakmoss 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.)

The Valentino Uomo and Valentino Donna fragrances have both made quite some splash since their launches, sharing one of the most striking designs for a flacon to be seen in recent years (right). We’re delighted to have showcased them both in our Perfume Society Discovery Boxes, too.

Valentino Uomo spectacularly swept the board at the French ‘Fifis’ (Fragrance Foundation Awards). Comments Candy Perfume Boy on the Escentual blog: ‘This is seriously good stuff that truly represents effortless Italian style and as an added bonus, it is presented in one of the most handsome perfume bottles this writer has ever seen.’ And of Valentino Donna, he said: ‘Donna a is a gorgeous and feminine perfume. It has all of the beauty and classic stylings of a Valentino gown but it also has a ton of colour too… It dares be vibrant and vivacious, whilst showcasing old-school perfumery notes such as rose and iris in a contemporary way…’

Glamour? There’s really nobody does it better.


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