Monday, June 15, 2009

Gap Design Editions

Want Alexander Wang at high-street prices? Get yourself down to Gap first thing tomorrow morning. The latest Gap Design Editions initiative sees the American designer's twist on khaki, along with new up-and-coming label Vena Cava and milliner Albertus Swanepoel.

Collaborating with the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winners, this is the third year Gap's Design Editions has helped to bring emerging US design talent to the high street. And we couldn't thank them more, as previous years have seen the likes of Rodarte, Phillip Lim and Thakoon reinterpreting the white shirt.

I've successfully managed to avoid tomorrow's stampede after bagging a ticket to a preview shopping event at Gap's flagship Oxford Street store this evening. And the first thing I made a beeline for? This gorgeous khaki dress by Vena Cava. Featuring design duo Lisa Mayock and Sophie Buhai's trademark hand-drawn prints, I love how the neckline looks like it's covered with heavy embellishment or chunky jewellery. And, considering they're one of the hottest names to watch, £48 isn't bad for a limited-edition piece.

Albertus Swanepoel (he's the US version of Stephen Jones), meanwhile, has recreated the sunhat in khaki with four cute designs. As for Alexander Wang, his urban take on khaki classics has resulted in two jackets, the ultimate khaki pants and the sweetest, flirtiest, super-short, pleat-fronted shorts.

Prepare for a designer collaboration sell-out!

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