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Under creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, the iconic house of Valentino has become known for luxurious accessories* just as much as their heart-stoppingly beautiful clothes. After reviewing the Valentino Ready-to-Wear SS 2014 collection, I knew I wanted to take a closer look at what I think are some of the season’s best extras!

From flat sandals adorned with mythological beasts to antique studded leather hair wraps to the gilded zodiac and scarab jewelry, the design duo presented an expertly curated collection of brilliantly styled golden accessories. This includes fantastic handbags! I am in love with the softly rounded shape of Valentino’s studded black shoulder bag and the large red tote (shown above). It’s a nice change from last season’s sharply structured silhouettes. Both styles were hand-embellished with the label’s signature studs, but this time they were flat coin-like circles as opposed to the pyramid “Rockstuds” Valentino is famous for. The black shoulder bag is finished with swingy leather tassels giving the design a relaxed bohemian feel.

There were also richly dyed leather clutches with small top handles. Each of these fringe-trimmed bags came with an eye-catching golden closure. The most luxurious of these was the emerald-green crocodile piece with the bird adornment. These standout pieces will lend every look a molten hit of Roman glamour. Wear yours with a classic white blouse or maxi dress to exude Roman-inspired elegance at your next summer event.

*It is interesting to note that Valentino Garavani personally invited Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli (who began working together at Fendi) to create an accessory line to reflect the aesthetic of the house. They were accessory designers for more than a decade before they were appointed creative directors of Valentino in 2008.

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