Designers often get inspired by Japanese culture, especially after the wave of creative geniuses during the late 20th century that gave the fashion world the likes of Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto. But Pierpaolo Piccioli saw this “Land of the Rising Sun” and it’s a unique culture in a totally different way for Valentino’s Pre-Fall 2019 show. He transported the show from the brand’s headquarters in Rome and ateliers in Paris to Tokyo, the nations modern capital, in a show that made couture contemporary. This was the first time the label also showed their men’s and women’s collections simultaneously. For the latter, it was all about translating classic codes of haute couture into current daywear. This meant all the ruffles, volumes, and tailoring that Picciolo so expertly applied to his couture shows were present on billowy coats and floaty dresses. And even the chiffon evening creations at the end were as red carpet ready as ever before. And with the use of the iconic Valentino Red splashed all over the collection, it further emphasized the houses’ indelible relevance wherever in all parts of the world.
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