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Valentino’s new act

In collaboration with Italian powerhouse Valentino and Nataal, the media platform dedicated to global African fashion, art, music and culture, we celebrate a new generation of Black visual artists in Paris. The work of these young, agenda-setting talents speaks to diverse themes of identity, the environment and spirituality. Here, wearing runway looks from Valentino’s Act collection, they speak to Nataal’s editorial director Helen Jennings (@hellojennings) about how their art practices reflect the brand’s new direction.

intarsia-knit high-neck jumper


intarsia-knit high-neck jumper


Fabien Conti, painter

Trained at École des Beaux-Arts, Paris, @fab_ecks focuses on still life as well as hypnotic large-scale landscapes.

‘My main theme is nature — I question the responsibility of humans for global warming. I hope they are meditative works reflecting a human tragedy, creating landscapes with an atmosphere that is tempestuous yet calm.’

Photography: Kyle Weeks

Creative direction: Marie Gomis-Trezise

Styling: Laëtitia Gimenez Adam

Hair: Yann Turchi

Makeup: Aurore Gibrien

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