Valentino makeup is on the way

Luxury fashion house Valentino is launching a makeup collection. 

Famed for its dramatic, red-carpet gowns and sought-after, Rockstud-adorned accessories, Italian fashion house Valentino has announced it will be launching a makeup collection in August. 

According to the brand, the line will offer a complete range of makeup from day one, including 50 lipsticks in different textures, foundation that comes in 40 shades and numerous eye products. Each of the lipsticks and palettes will be refillable. 

Conceived by Pierpaolo Piccioli, creative director of Maison Valentino, the line has been designed to offer versatile multi-use, multi-finish products with ‘experimental’ formulas that prioritise freedom of expression and individuality.  

For luxury fashion brands a fragrance off-shoot – which Valentino also has – is no longer enough, and a well-stocked beauty collection is becoming an essential addition to sit alongside its fashion and accessory offerings. Recent makeup launches include Gucci’s selection of foundations, lipsticks and more and Hermes lipstick collection.


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“Valentino Beauty is human beauty, a couture makeup open to all genders, ages, and cultures,” the fashion house explained in a statement.

This belief is likely to be expressed in the collection’s first campaign photographed by Piccioli himself and said to feature ‘16 eclectic talents’.

“Beauty is a complexity resolved through love,” muses Piccioli in the announcement.

“Beauty is democratic. I look at the identity of each individual, the uniqueness that encloses diversity and inclusivity. Beauty is about grace. Grace is something that you cannot describe, it is a perception. Beauty is something that gives me emotion. It is a connection.”

Set to be unveiled at the end of this month in London and launched globally from August, no date has yet been set for its release in New Zealand.

Tennis star Naomi Osaka is launching a skincare line for people of colour

The four-time Grand Slam champion is branching out into the world of skincare with a new inclusive brand. 

At just 23 years old, Naomi Osaka has built up some impressive credentials. She’s the reigning champion of the Australian and US Opens and currently holds the ranking for the world number one women’s tennis player. Now, Osaka is set to release her own line of skincare made specifically for darker-skinned people, named Kinló.

The tennis star, who is of Japanese and Haitian descent, told Business of Fashion she was driven by a “public health need” to offer viable SPF and skincare protection for people of colour.

“What drew me towards this project is having memories of being a kid and not knowing how to protect my skin. I only started wearing sunscreen recently,” said Osaka.

Kinló’s first release, set to launch after September 2021, is an affordable range of SPF 40 and 50 tinted face lotions, body spray, recovery lip balm and recovery eye cream. The products have been formulated specifically for darker-skinned people who have more melanin in their skin.

Osaka, who has also announced partnerships with Louis Vuitton, Tag Heuer and Nike, says the project is very close to her heart. “[It] requires more than just being a spokesperson. This is a public health need. I used to tell people that I didn’t need to wear sunscreen — but even if you have melanin, you need to take care of your skin, and I am passionate about that.”

The young tennis player has been a vocal advocate for racial equality, last year sitting out of a semifinals match to protest the police shooting of 29-year-old Jacob Blake.