Haute couture shows from high-end fashion brands are always something to look forward to – especially if the brands themselves decide to debut it in a country far from its origin. The entire fashion world had its eyes upon Beijing last Thursday, where Valentino hosted a special haute couture show in the Chinese capital. Hundreds of selected guests were flown in from across the globe to witness the debut of this tribute collection, and we were among the handful from Hong Kong that was invited to join in on the special occasion. Scroll down as we go behind-the-scenes and present 8 things you didn’t know about Valentino’s Beijing Haute Couture show.

1. It was hosted in celebration of the opening of Valentino’s Sanlitun boutique in Beijing

A capsule collection — including windbreakers with bell sleeves, sneakers and sunglasses, as well as mahjong, matchboxes, lighters and more — has been exclusively launched at the new store.

2. The show took place at the Summer Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site with a history dating back to 1153.

The Summer Palace covers an expanse of 2.9 square kilometres, with buildings that originate from multiple dynasties in Chinese Imperial history.

3. Invitations were being sold on the black market for RMB40k each; there were also fakes appearing at the entrance.

Securities rubbed their hands over the invitations cards, making sure the texture and thickness matched with the official invites.

4. 400 guests were flown in from all over the globe, including VICs, celebrities, journalists and style influencers.

Guests including celebrities Lee Dong Wook, Kōki, Rosé from Blackpink, Shu Qi, and style stars from Tina Leung to Bryanboy, Irene Kim, Caroline Daur, Nicole Warne, Sita Bellan and many more travelled to the capital for the show, joining Liu Shi Shi, Lay Zhang, Lee Wen Han and 200 other celebrity guests from mainland China.

5. A glasshouse was built to seamlessly connect three palatial rooms at the site.

Even the chairs were custom made, with Chinese-inspired design elements evoking ancient China.

6. The collection, titled Daydream, was especially created for Beijing, and tells the story of a dream where the two cultures collide.

It was a beautiful encounter of the Italian Renaissance and Chinese opulence, and a celebration of different cultures, personalities, and even generations.

7. Highlighting the designer’s love for Chinese culture, many Chinese models were casted for the show.

The show starred world-renowned model Du Juan, who closed the show in a fantastical dress filled with dancing sequinned florals.

8. Then there was the after party, hosted at the Blue Note jazz bar…

… where Lay Zhang, Chinese member of K-pop boyband EXO, entertained guests with a live performance.

This article first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Hong Kong

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