“If my bag was a movie, it would be Pretty Woman,” says Salma Abu Deif of her Valentino Garavani Roman Stud bag. “It is a classic movie. I think all girls love Pretty Woman.” For the Egyptian actor, model, and all-round fashionista on-the-go, a stylish yet functional handbag is a must. So, it only makes sense that Abu Deif sits down for a fun session of In The Bag with the It accessory casually dangling off her wrist.
“I always like to carry small bags that fit as many things as possible. I don’t need a bag that doesn’t fit all my things,” the 28-year-old shares before emptying the contents of the bag in front of her. Serving its purpose, Abu Deif’s bag is filled to the brim with all the essentials of a working woman with refined taste. Besides her phone, AirPods, and two more things that now count as daily necessities – a face mask and hand sanitizer – the actor’s bag holds her Valentino sunglasses. “I do like sunglasses, I buy a lot of them,” she divulges. “But, I rather collect more than I wear.” Those who keep up with Abu Deif will be familiar with her covetable style, including the figure-hugging, floor-grazing dresses she wears to star-studded events. For the video, Abu Deif is dressed in a more relaxed and chic full-Valentino SS21 look, consisting of a white oversized button-up half-tucked into a bubblegum pink mini skirt, paired with Valentino Garavani Roman Stud flats.
The Roman Stud bag cuts a striking figure, with soft nappa leather in a quilted finish, embellished with macro Rockstuds (Studs) that command attention. When launched in 2010, the Rockstud took the street-style scene by storm and was later reinvented for the SS21 season when creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli blew up the motif in size. The larger pyramid-shaped studs are Piccioli’s reinterpretation of the Rockstud family, and dubbed Roman Stud as a tribute to Roman palazzos known for their signature architectural element of bugnato. Available in shades of black, green, red, pink, and ivory, the arm candy combines the bourgeois classic leather design and the punk subculture symbolized by the studs to define the new Valentino community’s “romantic, punk, and non-conformist attitude.”