Photo courtesy of Valentino.


By Crash


The pre-fall season is going strong and each house is being more and more creative with the fashion shows, taking them to another level. Valentino presented the #ValentinoTKY event in Tokyo on November 26th and 27th. It was a three-in-one event that regrouped a show for the pre-fall 2019 men’s and women’s collection, a concept store located in Ginza Six and a capsule collection of exclusive products and collaborations. 

The show brought together more than seventy women looks and about twenty men looks, all in shades of red and black, a nod to a certain Japanese aesthetic. Pierpaolo Piccioli shared his vision of Italian heritage mixed with Japanese refinement, visible through long romantic dresses covered in lace and ruffles, printed puffer jackets and striking monochrome outfits. Two different languages met during the show, allowing Valentino to be seen through the eyes of a different culture. The house seemed to acquire a whole new meaning by combining Italian Renaissance with the modern Japanese lifestyle. 

The installation at Ginza Six is constructed as the fusion of the “Ma” – the invisible space or gap – the wabi-sabi – which translates a certain imperfection and a search for singularity – and the Italian classic beauty “Belleza”. Piccioli reinvents the iconic Ginza store in collaboration with Sarah Andelman, creating a space where art, music, traditions and futuristic visions coexist. Many artists and brands have been invited to share their vision of an evolving Japan, including Undercover, Izumi Miyazaki, Tetsuya Noguchi and many more.

Valentino TKY exclusive products include the Manga capsule collection where a selection of iconic animals from the house’s 60s haute-couture collections were redesigned in a Manga aesthetic. Valentino also collaborated with young designer Doublet who introduced a new urban dimension with printed sweats and t-shirts.


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