When Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli initially shot his resort 2021 collection, rather than jetting off to a far-flung exotic location, he chose to shoot in and around his seaside hometown of Nettuno near Rome, where Valentino is based. Now the brand has gone one step further and enlisted the help of regional talent to star some brand-new images, all shot in the models’ hometowns.
Saudi influencer and tastemaker Nojoud Al Rumaihi was an obvious choice for the shoot, much loved for the mélange of exquisitely stylish outfits she regularly shares to her Instagram page, both prêt-à-porter and haute couture.
Modelling both the Valentino Diary collection and the Roman Stud bag in the Kingdom, Nojoud can be seen sporting the vibrant prints that the collection is renowned for. Defined by both extravagance and simplification, the ensembles speak for themselves through colour, texture and lines that transport us overseas and cast our minds ahead to the times we hope to soon spend on the warm sands of the Mediterranean.
Elsewhere in the collection, Valentino’s Resort 2021 Diary collection is filled with warm weather-ready pieces that rely on simple silhouettes to ensure maximum impact. Think soft pants, vibrant green caftans, a billowy blue shirtdress and kimonos and pajamas in botanical motifs, Piccioli also introduced a feather-trimmed olive tunic over a lean golden skirt or glorious gowns, including one black-on-white mixed dot print and another, in diaphanous black bedecked with white silver-dollar circles.
Valentino’s signature stud (albeit supersized) also appears in the house’s resort 2021 collection via the new Valentino Garavani Roman Stud collection. And it’s not just the studs – flowers and bows in leather or straw multiply on the atelier’s bags and shoes, mixing the historic and the contemporary signs of Valentino with an emphasis on craft. Hats are developed in collaboration with Borsalino, bringing another atelier knowledge into the mix.
This is one collection we’ll definitely be investing in for 2021 travel.