QUEEN CALAFIA

Over the last couple of years we have learned so much from our diversely rich home base, California. We are fascinated by the story of Calafia, an Amazonian warrior Queen who ruled an untamed and bountiful land prior to Europeans taking the land by force.  Embodying Calafia in style, we became regal, courageous, larger than life, and contemplated how Californian culture has shaped our open minded, connected spirit.

One of the things we value most about living in Northern California is the all-encompassing world culture that thrives within the Bay Area – a melting pot of a variety of cultural, linguistic, and economic traditions. The diversity of culture is also reflected in the beauty of California’s ever changing natural landscape.  Both the human and geographical diversity of California have deeply sculpted and inspired our sense of freedom of expression.  In true Californian avant-guard boldness, we love mastering the art of mixing different pieces together to create outfits full of joyous juxtapositions, both soft and rebellious, and ultra-feminine backed up in strength.  

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California’s beginnings as a state with no infrastructure gave settlers the opportunity to create a unique identity of their own, and work together despite tribal divides.  This pioneering spirit remains as strong as ever within our modern Bay Area culture. California continues to attract a large group of global transplants unafraid to forgo an established set of beliefs to foster new ways of seeing things, while still maintaining pride and connection to their cultural roots.  

  When it comes to relationships and true connections, the culture of Californians remind us that the human spirit is universal, and stereotypes easily melt as minds open.  Today’s editorial evokes the prowess of Queen Calafia as we visually played with fabric that exudes amazonian power through use of color and pattern. We chose to embrace the strong spirit of California that triumphs against the status quo with statement pieces, delivering an homage to the great depth and wild freedom we feel for the people and landscape of this golden state.

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Francesca on becoming a warrior Kaftan Queen:
There is something so wonderfully powerful and freeing about a distinctive yet comfortable Kaftan dress.  I can run, walk and jump in the waves in this striking piece and seamlessly translate this look to nighttime by throwing on a statement necklace and pair of strappy heels.  What more could an Amazonian Queen want than ultra flexibility and power to move within her natural environment?

 

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On Francesca, similar kaftan by Hatch on Net-a-Porter, silver heels Jimmy Choo.

On Valentina, McQ stretch-knit lace top, similar skirt by Erdem, Lola Hats for Barneys.

 

Valentina & Francesca

Valentina & Francesca is for the millennial individual who sets the direction to her life with optimism and an unwaveringly open mind. A high-impact, laser-focused digital platform generating unique content inspiring connected women to discover their personal style. Valentina & Francesca enhances your brand’s story with bold contemporary narratives celebrating confidence and power in a smart, irreverent way within a highly engaged community.

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