Valentino takes Tokyo: Every look from the brand's pre-fall 2019 collection, plus a peek at its TKY concept space
Valentino's Tokyo collection was inspired by an imaginary dialogue between Renaissance Italy and Japan during the same era. The two cultures, while isolated from each other, were unified by the pursuit of harmony with nature and within design. A clichéd ode to Madame Butterfly this was not; the house of Valentino under Pierpaolo Piccioli has wholly embraced streetwear, and the collection obliquely referenced traditional Japanese art while looking to the future.
In tandem with the pre-fall 2019 show, the brand created a TKY concept space within its Ginza Six boutique, where collaborative capsules with Japanese companies — including fashion labels Yohji Yamamoto, Doublet and Undercover by Jun Takahashi, as well as denim mill Kuroki — will be on sale. In addition, the work of several artists across disciplines including Noh mask-making, origami and contemporary photography, is on display throughout the boutique. Now that's how you pay respect to a country and its culture.
Take a look at some of the TKY concept store installations below: