Hold onto your haute horses, ladies, because your basics are about to get laced with luxury. Gap has just unveiled its latest designer collaboration, and fans of frills and ruffles will be especially pleased – it’s Valentino!
Granted, it’s a bit of a surprise – Gap’s utilitarian parkers, cargo pants and tees don’t readily compliment Valentino’s feminine frills – but the pair have joined forces to create a seven piece-strong collection, which launched in Milan last week to celebrate Gap’s first Italian store.
So what can we expect? A word from the label’s designers, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli, if you will.
“We love mixing different cultures and we have been excited to mix Gap’s timeless essentials with our roman culture of couture,” the pair told Vogue UK. “It brings together the iconic world of Valentino and Gap’s fashion staples, synthesising the current trend of combining luxury with basics.”
A rework of Gap’s signature staples – the parka, the hoodie, the cargo pant and the T-shirt – look out for a knee-length parker with ruffled shoulders and a frilled skirt, cargo pants with ruffled hems and pockets, and a cropped waterfall frill jacket in particular.
And the good news is that the rest of us won’t have to wait long until it launches this side of the continent, in fact, it’s launching this Saturday, 27th November, in London stores, Dover Street Market and Paris’s Colette.