When Gwen Stefani debuted her solo album and declared her love (obsession) for Tokyo, we felt that. She sang: “I’m fascinated by the Japanese fashion scene, just an American girl on the Tokyo streets.” Fourteen years later, here all the American, Australian, British etc girls are hanging out on the streets of Tokyo for Pre-Fall 2019. Most importantly, Pierpaolo Piccioli’s Valentino show, a momentous occasion being the first time the House presented a collection in Japan, and a first showing womenswear and menswear together. Take it to Tokyo, PP. And so he did, to a warehouse, so very hardcore for the elegant Valentino but all the grace was flowing through the gowns. Red ruffles tumbled onto concrete floors before a sea of black stormed down in loose suiting and tiered dresses flouncing. A rush of white crepe and baby blues splashed with little romantic red V’s. A little graphic tee here and there too, layered of course. The collection was inspired by the Japanese art of kintsugi as well as a Piero della Francesca fresco in an Italian church and Leonardo da Vinci’s Lady With an Ermine. An Italian Japanese love affair for the modern day kick ass princess, her ultimate uniform as she roams the underworld of Tokyo at night, right down to the Doc Martens that they stomped in. She’s got it going on. Super kawaii.
by Roxy Lola
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