Thursday, November 25, 2010
Valentino for Gap
Right, let's draw a line under the Lanvin for H&M collection and move on. Because if, like me, you missed out on some designer-collaboration bargains earlier this week, well, there's more just around the corner. Saturday, in fact.
Yep, Italian couture house Valentino hits the high street with its collaboration with Gap, launching a capsule collection of seven limited-edition pieces to celebrating Gap's first Italian stores in Milan and Rome. Following the unveiling of Valentino's designs in Milan on 20 November, the collection comes to London and Paris this weekend on 27 November.
But don't expect Valentino's trademark evening gowns. Unlike Gap's 2006 collaboration with Roland Mouret, there isn't a dress in sight. What Valentino’s designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli have done instead is reinvent Gap’s all-American sportswear with Valentino’s modern femininity. The result? Classic casuals meet ruffles and bows.
Take the khaki parka. Add multiple frills around the neckline, experiment with length and you get a choice of three winter coats: a cropped bolero for £89.95, a jacket for £119.95 and a parka for £149.95.
Meanwhile, khaki cargo pants (£99.95) go glam with the addition of ruffles and the khaki frou-frou skirt (£69.95) is one to rival Lanvin for H&M's tiered lace number.
Even the humble grey T-shirt doesn't escape the Valentino treatment. Draped with a bow, it could almost pass for casual eveningwear, which makes the £49.95 price tag seem more reasonable.
My favourite is the grey hoodie (£59.95), which is transformed with a band of ruffles along the hem into something far more edgy. Not since Christopher Kane added neon frills to a grey hoodie for his Topshop collection has casual looked so cool.
Valentino for Gap is available at Gap's flagship Oxford Street store in London, Dover Street Market in London, Colette in Paris and Gap's flagship store in Milan.