Valentino’s kimono-belt ‘trampling’ ad campaign featuring Japanese model Koki causes uproar online

Apr 2, 2021 | INVESTING

Photos for Valentino showing Japanese model Koki walking in high heels on a traditional obi kimono belt, and wearing shoes inside, have whipped up a storm of social media criticism amid accusations the luxury Italian fashion house was “trampling on” Japanese culture.The images, part of a promotional shoot for the Milan-headquartered company’s Japan spring/summer 2021 collection ‘Valentino Collezione Milano for Women’, show Koki sitting on an obi, which is traditionally made of the same…

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