Who would come up with the idea of combining Italy’s precise craftsmanship with Japan’s concept of wabi-sabi, the ultimate harmony between beauty and the imperfect? Valentino creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli, took on the challenge when he surprised everyone by moving his Pre-Fall19 runway show (and its army of editors, buyers and press) to Tokyo in November, the first time the Italian brand has presented a show in Japan. On the runway, the House’s signature contrasting proportions, dramatic ruffles, romantic lace, and floral prints were all merged in glorious juxtaposition. There was also an exclusive accessory collaboration with Jun Takahashi, founder of Undercover, although these pieces will be only available in the brand’s Tokyo store. Piccioli’s romanticism was all there, but this time deconstructed with an air of 1990s in the form of Doc Marten’s on feet and a color-palette of mostly scarlet red and black. Our only regret? We’re wishing the 90-look show lasted even longer.
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