Before, boys used to dream about being ninjas and samurais, and for Valentino’s Pre-Fall 2019 show, which was held in Tokyo, Pierpaolo Piccioli enthused this childhood dream into a contemporary and fashionable reality. The references were not so obvious—a testament to Piccioli’s genius and subtle design skills—but the idea and discipline were all there. The air of an idealistic samurai came in the tailor-fit looks, enabling the male models to walk as confidently as imposing men of distinguished stature. These looks were colored in vibrant Valentino Red, further emphasizing the power of confidence. Seductive ninjas, on the other hand, were found in the more sporty and darker-hued pieces, a slim-cut coat here and nylon set there. They had playfulness and ease as if they could move as swiftly and as mysteriously as real-life ninjas. But whether men who’d buy these clothes ever really imagined themselves to be samurais or ninjas is a different story. Because at their essence, these clothes will look great in any setting, whether the men choose to stand out or stay hidden in sophisticated secrecy.
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