In downtown Rome, near the Spanish Steps, Valentino’s historic headquarters are a legend. With some of the oldest frescoed and coffered wood ceilings in Rome, the 16th century residence displays a fascinating combination of different eras and styles – just like this ancient city itself, which is a breathtaking spectacle of slender neoclassical columns and exuberant baroque caprices, endless views and secret glimpses, dazzling reflections and shadowy corners.
Now, these two influences come together in the couture house’s new fragrance – Valentina – which recalls the flacons of Italian haute perfumery. The blush-hued scent is housed within the delicate purity of a crystal bottle that wears three aluminium flowers, emblems of Valentino couture, in the pale shades of white, ivory, and nude that have formed a recurring theme in the brand’s most recent collections. Skilfully blending and contrasting naughtiness and innocence, it is topped by a silver ring and a black pearl.
The fragrance itself is much like the bottle. Feminine and elegant, it combines the sweetest scents of Italy from Amalfi orange blossom to Calabrian bergamot and Alba truffles. There’s also a fresh edge with floral highs of jasmine and tuberose, making it as delicious as a just-made gelato.
Ti amo, Valentina!