Jameela Jamil and James Blake Make Valentino Date Night

Valentino made a chic date night for Jameela Jamil and James Blake, who took in Friday’s show from the front row. But, like any proper British dinner party, the two had to sit separately.

Still, Jamil was ready to pounce on any outfits Blake selected from the runway.

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“I’m excited to see what he’s going to be wearing next year. And what I want from him,” she said. The 5-foot, 10-inch tall Jamil said she regularly poaches from the 6-foot-5 Blake’s closet. “I’m just about tall enough to wear all of his looks. I’ve come here to find out what I’m gonna steal.”

It was her first Paris Fashion Week, after attending shows in Milan. “I’ve been a huge fan of Valentino my whole life, since I was a teenager,” she said.

Jamil is working on a book, which will be officially revealed in April. She’s contributed essays about shame and body positivity for other works, but kept quiet about the topic of the new work. One thing is for sure, it won’t be autobiographical.

“It’s not about me, don’t worry. God knows the world’s had more than enough of me,” she joked.

Blake was nursing a sore throat and raspy voice after weeks of traveling and performing shows. He selected a bright blue coat with a floral embellishment, a departure from his usual style.

“I wanted to go for some color because I do a lot of monochromatic,” he said.

The musician released his “Wind Down” AI-created soundscape album in 2022. So with all the debate in recent months, does he fear our future AI overlords?

“I think you’d be dumb not to, absolutely,” he said.

Zayn Malik was seated somewhere between the pair. He said he is working on an album that is due sometime later this year, and has been making the rounds of Paris Fashion Week, hitting the Kenzo show Thursday and Loewe earlier in the day. But after posing for pics, he quietly took in the show.

Launch Gallery: Front Row at Valentino Men's Fall 2024

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