Hello There: Malaika Firth

I was thrilled to see model Malaika Firth starring in the SS’14 Burberry Campaign (above) alongside a bevy of other pastel adorned Bright Young (British) Things.  

Yes, I admit, am biased in my support of this 19 year old upcoming model (I was raised on the Kenyan coast, near when Malika’s mother and her family are from) but mark my words, this model is set for BIIIG things. 

Malaika burst onto the fashion scene last July when she bagged a Prada Campaign (left) making her the first black model to represent the brand since Naomi Campbell in 1994 (the year Malaika was born!)  Since then, the Kenyan and Essex raised model has graced the cover of a Vogue supplement (above) walked a gazillion fashion week shows and even strutted down the Victoria Secret catwalk (below right, a role she was clearly destined for given that her name is Swahili for ‘Angel!’)

I first noticed Malaika when I was reviewing the Valentino SS’14 show.  I was utterly struck by her ethereal poise in what was undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and exotic looks from the entire SS’14 Fashion Month (above left).

Trust me people, watch this space face.

PFW: Valentino SS'14

After spending four weeks in an utter fashion frenzy, either rushing from country to country then from show to show or spending the month pouring over a multitude of images back home, it really does take something really special to re-energise, awaken and lift the spirits of the weary fash-pack...  Valentino.

Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli presented the most exceptional ready to wear collection for Valentino at the end of Paris Fashion Week.  I literally stopped in my tracks when I saw the images pop up on my iPhone whilst running to a meeting.   Each of the 73 ethnic, opulent, folksy, medieval, exotic and regal looks were more majestic and striking than the last.  The severely WOW-beautiful micro-minidresses (below) would be much appreciated in my wardrobe.