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valentino + gap = designer collabo

November 22, 2010

There are few reasons to sleep on a London pavement in November but we’re sorely tempted to bed down outside Gap’s flagship store in Oxford Street on Friday night to be first in line for the arrival of Valentino’s capsule collection on Saturday. The chance to invest in limited-edition Valentino at high-street prices doesn’t come often, but Valentino’s creative directors, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli, have created a collection to celebrate the arrival of Gap in Italy.

‘We are very pleased that Gap thought of us as a partner for this project,’ Chiuri and Piccioli explain. ‘Valentino and Gap synthesise the current trend of combining luxury with basics. We wanted to mix traditionally high-end elements with Gap’s celebrated street style, to create couture looks with a contemporary attitude.’

The seven pieces are quintessential Valentino, with ruffles and bows galore. The parka has been reinterpreted in three styles, all in heavyweight khaki cotton with three-dimensional ruffles: there is a jacket, a hooded cropped jacket, and – the absolute jewel of the collection – a longer parka with ruffles around the neckline. This overtly feminine utilitarianism is also applied to an above-the-knee tiered khaki skirt with a trademark Valentino bow on one hip, and a pair of cargo pants with frill-bordered pockets. The final two pieces are a powdery grey T-shirt complete with oversized bow, and a hoodie – a designer collection for Gap would not be complete without a take on the brand’s casual wear essential – this one in grey marl with ruffles at the hem. Chiuri and Piccioli agree their favourite design in the collection is the cropped jacket, which they describe as ‘Gap with couture proportions’.

The Valentino for Gap collection will be available from November 27 at a limited number of stores worldwide: Gap’s new Milan store, Colette in Paris, and, in Britain, Gap’s flagship store in Oxford Street, London W1, from 9.30am, and at Dover Street Market, London W1, from 11am. Handbags and sleeping bags at dawn.

(via Vogue France)

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