For the first time merging women's and men's shows into one, Italian fashion house Valentino’s creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli chose Tokyo to showcase his Pre-Fall 2019 collection.
Inspired by the Japanese philosophy wabi-sabi, which, put simply, is “flawed beauty”, Pierpaolo staged the show in an abandoned concrete warehouse close to a river, proving his ability to adapt the philosophy of the house entrusted to him to the modern world with his characteristic grace, complementing the show with a music drama “Desert Stilts” performed by the famed French pianist Angèle David-Guillou.
“I love the culture of Japan. It’s so modern with a sense of tradition which is romantic, not nostalgic—it’s part of the present. I’ve always been fascinated by this idea (of wabi-sabi). Western culture is about symmetry, perfection, static beauty, while wabi-sabi is more close to the idea of harmony, of inner grace. Time goes by and it adds, it doesn’t take away,” said Pierpaolo Piccioli before the show.