Building on the longstanding relationship between fashion and music, is celebrating the launch of Valentino’s AW17 collection with a short film, soundtracked by Eliot Sumner’s hypnotic song ‘Species’.

The dark, mysterious 80s tones of the track lay the groundwork for Sumner’s progressive lyrics, explaining that the song is “about how we’re evolving into this new species”. Being defiant and unidentifiable is something burgeoning artist Eliot Sumner – daughter of iconic musician Sting – was striving for in the making of the song, which finds its parallel in the bold, confident collection. The film, directed by Joanna Nordahl, sees these two disciplines collide, Sumner’s voice guiding the Valentino-clad models around the shadowy streets of London.

The collection is available to shop now exclusively at ahead of the official launch.

Watch the short film below.