Valentino has long mastered the art of breathtaking runway moments and today’s Pre-Fall 2019 show in Tokyo, Japan was no exception. For the fashion house’s first show in Tokyo, creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli delivered a stunning runway full of red tulle gowns and designs celebrating Japanese culture.
The show both started and ended with a lineup of all red looks ranging from romanticized tulle to suiting and floral silk dye prints. Kaia Gerber and Adut Akech closed the runway in coordinating ruffle tulle gowns.
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As if the parade of looks done in the fashion house’s signature hue wasn’t stunning enough, the finale saw a storm of red rose petals falling from the ceiling as models walked the runway in color coordinating looks.
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An exploration of balance and contrasts, @maisonvalentino’s Pre-fall 2019 show in Tokyo saw the brand’s first co-ed presentation being held at the raw, industrial space of Terrada Warehouse. Swipe left for a greeting from the dashing #SongJoongKi right before the show. #송중기
Models lined up along the runway as petals fell from above while a pianist and string band played in the background—making for a beautiful moment.
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But the Pre-Fall ’19 collection delved deeper than just pretty gowns. Piccioli looked to the culture of Japan to inspire the 90-look show. Namely, the creative director was inspired by wabi-sabi—a Japanese aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The concept was translated into asymmetrical silhouettes, ruffles, and reimagined Valentino floral prints crushed into red and black silk dye.
“The iconography of the Maison—the ruffles, the lace, the grace, and then the flowers, the colors, the motifs—is interpreted in a wabi sabi key,” the brand wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of Adut Akech on the runway.
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The end result was a collection that remained true to Valentino’s aesthetic while paying homage to Japanese culture—something other fashion brands could learn from when staging their runways in other countries.
This article originally appeared on Harper’s Bazaar US.