Valentino has long mastered the art of breathtaking runway moments and the 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.

Valentino show, Runway, Pre Fall 2019, Tokyo, Japan - 27 Nov 2018

As 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.

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.

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.

Valentino show, Runway, Pre Fall 2019, Tokyo, Japan - 27 Nov 2018

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

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