Breaking: Gap And Valentino To Collaborate

Looks like Lanvin’s H&M collection may be getting some competition. The Gap has just announced that it will work with the House of Valentino to produce a special collection, due out late November. There aren’t too many details yet about what we can expect, although the designers for the project, Valentino creative directors Maria Grazia Chiui and Pier Paolo Piccioli, said, “We are very pleased that Gap thought of us as a partner for this intimate project, as it brings together the iconic world of Valentino and Gap’s fashion essentials. In this way, Valentino and Gap synthesise the current trend of combining luxury with basics.” This is generally good news for more high fashion coming to main street, but we do have to wonder what the results will bring. In the past, Gap’s designer collabs haven’t been, well, outstanding, shall we say? The white shirt project with CFDA designers was a good idea, but in the end, there’s only so much you can do with a button-up on a budget. Pierre Hardy’s shoe designs were also underwhelming. And while Stella McCartney’s Gap Kids collection was fantastically cute, it was frustrating because only so many people over the age of 12 could fit into the designs. What is interesting about the Valentino collab is that it will be available at London’s Dover Street Market and Colette in Paris—two high-end concept boutiques with very discerning tastes. We wonder if this means the designs will be more conceptual and edgy than what we’ve seen before … [Vogue UK]