Stylist: Maison Valentino
Outfit: Valentino Haute Couture by Pierpaolo Piccioli
Makeup Artist: Harold James using Valentino Beauty
Hairstylist: Harold James
Jewelry: Messika

We’re officially beginning the coverage of this year’s Cannes Film Festival and one of the first outfits that really made us dream was that of Tina Kunakey.

Kunakey donned a Valentino Haute Couture violet cape and purple dress with a red bow in the front, from the Spring 2020 collection. Tina attended the “Benedetta” red carpet on July 9, 2021.

The French model accessorized the look with a Messika Toi & Moi diamond High Jewelry ring and a pair of discrete diamond earrings.

The outfit was in line with the theme of the movie, since “Benedetta” is centered around a novice nun in the 17th century who joins an Italian convent and begins a love affair with another woman.

After doing some research on the color purple, I understood that Pierpaolo Piccioli‘s choice of color had a deeper meaning, because apparently according to Pantone, the shade Ultra Violet (which was 2018’s Color of the Year) “communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.”

“Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now. The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own.

Enigmatic purples have also long been symbolic of counterculture, unconventionality, and artistic brilliance. Musical icons Prince, David Bowie, and Jimi Hendrix brought shades of Ultra Violet to the forefront of western pop culture as personal expressions of individuality. Nuanced and full of emotion, the depth of PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet symbolizes experimentation and non-conformity, spurring individuals to imagine their unique mark on the world, and push boundaries through creative outlets.”

More importantly, according to International Women’s Day: “Purple is historically associated with efforts to achieve gender equality. In this context it was first used alongside green and white as the colors of the Women’s Social and Political Union, the organization that led Britain’s women’s suffrage movement in the early 20th century.

For suffragettes fighting for the right to vote, purple represented ‘the royal blood that flows in the veins of every suffragette’, according to the book Women’s Suffrage Memorabilia: An Illustrated Historical Study by Kenneth Florey.

In the 1960s and 1970s, use of the color was revived by feminists to represent the Women’s Liberation Movement as a tribute to the suffragettes.”

Can we love Pierpaolo more? Is there anything more to say?

Valentino Beauty shared the products her makeup artist Harold James used on Kunakey: the Very Valentino foundation in the shade Deep Ambra 1 (Warm) and the Valentino Magnificent Mascara in the shade 01 Ultra Nero.

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