Journal

A Quiet Storm
BEHIND THE COLLECTION

A Quiet Storm

‘Supercharged - a modern, powerful female energy.

Instead of revisiting the past, for Spring 21 we looked to the future. We wanted to rediscover a sense of sensuality and adventure, to capture a new and uplifting feeling of freedom. Rat & Boa is powered by a hedonistic spirit and, this season, it comes with an irresistible, alluring note.

The collection is a tale of contrasts - the simple joy of nature shot through with a flash of pure glamour, a pared-back 90s sensibility balanced by a dose of hypnotic sexuality, seductive refinement set against feminine cool. A fusion of moods, a melting pot of influences, a celebration of liberty. A Quiet Storm.

Each piece is designed with wearability and ease at its heart, reflecting a wider mood - of women and the world. This is a versatile spring wardrobe - standout separates, effortless and elevated day-to-day shapes, entrance-making evening looks. Signature details - balloon sleeves, delicate rows of buttons, daring slits, our classic cowl - fused with embroidery and brand-new prints.

Feminine, fun, free - step into Spring 21…’

Love

Valentina x Stephanie

Muse?

Actress and supermodel, Donyale Luna - her otherworldly beauty, her enigmatic yet sexy style, the sense of freedom that radiates from her no matter what she’s wearing. Think Avedon’s iconic photographs of her in vintage Paco Rabanne and that unforgettable eye make-up…We were also inspired by her role as a muse to Salvador Dali, by their relationship and his unique way of capturing her in images.

Style notes

The shapes fuse simple and playful, sophisticated and understated, with a strong focus on wearability. Pared-back refinement, with a decadent Rat & Boa stamp.

Feeling

A hint of rebellion, letting loose, walking into the wild…

Mood

Feminine, fun and free.

Place

The Hix Island House on Vieques Island, off the coast of Puerto Rico. It’s where the lookbook is shot and reflects the wild freedom we wanted to capture in the collection.

Palette and print

There's nothing like a heady dose of brilliant colour to capture a brighter mood. The palette was inspired by nature - water, sunsets, palm trees, beaches. Greens, browns and giraffe print reflect our re-immersion into nature and all its wonder.

Nostalgia

The spirit of the early noughties - a flash of skin, head-turning embellishment.

Scent

Unexpected, seductive, addictive - floral tones merged with woody and earthy scents.

Moment

Shooting at Casa Eterea, a beautiful, one-of-a-kind glass house in Mexico. Nestled in the mountains, it perfectly encapsulates the contrast in our vision - a starkly modern building totally immersed in wild nature. And, thanks to its incredible mirrored walls, it echoed the surreal aesthetic of Salvador Dali that inspired and influenced our images. Truly magical.

Favourites

S: I love the versatility of the Harlequin dress - a true Rat & Boa staple, with the exaggerated sleeves and the fun palm print.
V: The Donyale - that low back and revealing front. It’s the ultimate standout evening piece and oozes sex appeal.

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