The Italian fashion designer's year-round 'tan' has been mocked by critics and has even led to him being compared to an Oompa-Loompa from the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
Valentino retired with much fanfare earlier this year and will be a tough act to follow in the fashion world.
And no one prepared us for when we (inevitably) feel we are inadequate, that it is our fault. I keep stuffing it down until I sense I might explode, but still I can’t feel it. It’s below the surface, pushing and shoving, and I know it’s there.
The mantra of self-care attaches blame (and therefore shame) to not being okay. I carry its weight, its bulk, its awkwardness, but it remains detached from me, as though it is their pain, too.
No one prepared us for what happens when there is no one to safely witness pain. Sure, I perform the rituals of “self-care” and remind myself it is not my pain, not my story, it is theirs; but in doing so I fail to acknowledge my pain, my story.
After embracing her designer pal, Parker's perfectly made up face appeared to have been soiled by a spattering of fake tan.
Despite being a healthy colour, Parker looked positively pale next to the mahogany designer.
A big part of our work has been helping them get in touch with their emotions and then expressing what they feel in healthier ways.
I have worked to reassure and help normalise their experiences.