Savoir Flair and iconic American brand, Ralph Lauren, are throwing an exclusive cocktail party this Thursday hosted by our very own Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Haleh Nia.
The invite-only event, to take place at the flagship boutique in the heart of The Dubai Mall, will see the attendance of supermodel Valentina Zelyaeva, face of the Ralph Lauren brand, as well as an exciting performance by the award-winning Hamdan Al-Abri.
Haleh catches up with Valentina in this quick Q&A before the event.
Valentina, we’re so looking forward to hosting you at our cocktail party with Ralph Lauren on October 10th. I’ve heard you’ve never been to Dubai before. Are you excited about the trip?
It’s true, I’ve never been to Dubai! When I first found out that I was going there, I was so excited. I can’t wait to discover your beautiful city.
You’ve been working with Ralph Lauren for quite a while now. Tell us about your relationship with the brand.
The first time I walked for a Ralph Lauren show was in 2003. I can’t believe it’s been 10 years! It’s quite an anniversary to celebrate. I feel very honored and incredibly lucky to have been able to work with such a legendary brand for so many years.
How were you first approached to be the face of Ralph Lauren?
My first time in New York was for Fashion Week. I went to the Ralph Lauren casting and Mr. Lauren personally chose me to be in his show, over hundreds of other girls. That same season, I did my first RL ads in Los Angeles with Bruce Weber. After that, I signed a contract and have been the face of the brand ever since.
The first time I walked for a Ralph Lauren show was in 2003. I can’t believe it’s been 10 years! It’s quite an anniversary to celebrate.
You’re a global icon and one of the topmost names in the modeling industry. How do you feel about this role?
I feel humbled. I came from a very simple working-class family in Russia. I have always appreciated everything that I have in my life because I’ve worked very hard for it. It’s just me being myself and if I can inspire someone in the process, it makes me very happy.
What is your favorite element of the Ralph Lauren brand?
When I think of Ralph Lauren, I think about this luxurious lifestyle. There is no other brand in the world that is as iconic as Ralph Lauren.
What are some of your favorite pieces from the current Ralph Lauren collections?
I just love the recent Russian collection! I actually cannot wait until winter to wear those beautiful coats and jackets. Oh, and I love the Ricky bag in all sizes and colors.
What are your initial impressions of Dubai and of women in this region? Are you looking forward to meeting your many fans at the event?
I’ve heard that Dubai is very fashionable and that the women are very much into the latest fashion and beauty trends. I find it very exciting and I can’t wait to connect with fans.