1. This was a show of firsts for Valentino: it was their first-ever time sending male and female models down the runway at once *and* their first presentation in Tokyo.
2. The Italian fashion house hasn't dropped a pre-fall collection since the 1980s.
3. The pre-fall collection was inspired by 'wabi-sabi': a Japanese technique using gold leaf to fills in cracks in everything from pottery to flooring. Pierpaolo Piccioli embraced imperfections throughout the collection, highlighting asymmetrical silhouettes.
4. The line-up was stacked with some of fashion's most familiar faces like Kaia Gerber and Adut Akech...who all happened to look like bouquets of roses.
5. Speaking of roses: Really leaning into the all-red everything aesthetic, rose petals quite literally rained from the ceiling as the show came to a close.
6. The show itself took place in a truly unexpected venue for Valentino (who usually opts for a refined backdrop): a concrete warehouse that was once used to unload ship cargo, right next to a river.
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