Valentino Delivers a Diversely Sentimental Collection

Valentino seems hellbent on making sure you don’t forget the legends and icons of modeling as they added yesterday to their growing list of memorable muses Naomi Campbell, Natalia Vodianova, and Alek Wek who haven’t walked for the brand since 2003 and 2004. They join faces like Christy Turlington, Kristen McMenamy, Liya Kebede, Saskia de Brauw and Mariacarla Boscono who have been conjured in recent years to add to the evolving brand identity under Pierpaolo Piccioli‘s direction.

What’s more, this couture season unveiled Piccioli’s ode to Cecil Beaton’s image of Charles James gowns but under a different gaze – a gaze focused primarily on women of color. The maximalist demonstration set to Roberta Flack was filled with feathers, on tops and on lashes, gravity-defying ruffles, a segment with a floral explosion, and colors you could eat. Yet, what stood out the most was the sea of people of color, distinctively the varying shades of blackness, that waxes as much of a statement as the size of the dresses.

Below are a few names that got their couture start yesterday at the storied house.

Ayak Bior

Eftagine Fevilien

Licett Morillo

Miqueal Symone

Nyara Aboja

Rouguy Faye

Sana Diouf

Veronica Cabral

Ugbad Abdi

Veronica Cabral

  1. The best of the show, those “wonderful” cheekbones of Naomi Campbell.

  2. Can someone please explain to me why black and white is still being considered as diversed? Why is it that adding black models make it diversed therefore it’s okay not to add other races? And why does keep supporting this black and white concept?

  3. Hi Fendo! Looking at our database, there were other races than white and black models cast. However, I chose to focus on the 40+ black models, of varying ages and points of their career, because that doesn’t just happen every day. is dedicated to the advancement of diversity, in all its forms, and will continue to push the stories that advance this principle.

  4. Anyelina Rosa, Annibelis Baez, Elibeidy Dani, Hiandra Martinez, Licett Morillo, Litza Veloz and Lineisy Montero are all Afro-Latina. He Cong, Liu Wen, and Yoon Young Bae are Chinese and Korean.

  5. I saw the collection in its entirety and it is quite amazing to see all the gorgeous models. But the title of this article “DIVERSELY” , the names mentioned (none of them are Asian) and the photos chosen to support it doesn’t make sense.

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