"Nothing says elegance and femininity like Valentina and Valentia. The Seattle fashion designer who recently won “Fan Favorite” at Bellevue Fashion Week, is known for her ethereal silk, cozy cashmere and top quality wool. While a good portion of my life consists of running out of clean coffee mugs and ironing my shirt pockets with a straightener (seriously it works), I’m a sucker for moments when I can look elegant and feminine. And when is a better time to be elegant, dressed in pure silk, than Christmas?
This red blouse and skirt comes from Valentina and Valentia’s White Orchid Autumn/Winter 2016/2017 collection. The design is truly stunning from the overall structure down to the tiniest embroidered gold stars. And it feels amazing! It’s lightweight and has natural movement, twirl, and bounce.
Designer Milena Natatov, a fellow female in the tech world, says her line is defined by “a combination of sophisticated architectural lines, tender color palette and recognizable ethereal soft silhouettes.”
Don’t let the soft, delicate designs of Valentina and Valentia fool you to think it was made for a soft, delicate woman. It’s not. Milena describes the Valentina and Valentia woman as, “smart, hard-working, professional, independent, confident…one side of her. Adventurous, fun, experiencing life to its fullest…the other side. Ethereal and feminine outside, but strong inside (Seattle Met).”
I love that Milena and her brand stand for women who are more than beautiful or even successful, but embody hard work, independence, and adventure.
My greatest passion for Valentina and Valentia (and fashion in general) is the ability for an outfit to transform how a person feels about themselves, the decisions they make, and how they approach life. I put on this outfit, blinked my eyes, and suddenly the image of me wearing mismatched socks and overeating Costco pot stickers became distant. I looked like someone who could deliver a powerful speech, write a book, or walk a runway.
Fashion gives you the power to see the best version of yourself, realize your potential, and take action. Valentina and Valentia does just that."