Following at the heels of H&M’s recent announcement to partner with Lanvin, Gap has announced their partnership with Italy’s most famous couture houses – Valentino. This will mark the second high-profile designer partnership for Gap, as the company just finished a two-season deal with Stella McCartney for Gap Kids.
WWD reports that the House of Valentino has created a capsule collection of women’s wear for the brand that will bow in late November to coincide with the launch of Gap’s flagship on Milan’s Corso Vittorio Emanuele. The collection has been designed by Valentino’s creative directors, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli, using “iconic Gap pieces” as its basis, the company said. Stylist Karl Templer, who works closely with Gap and Valentino, introduced the two brands.
The collections will be available to purchase at the Milan store, Gap’s London flagship on Oxford Street, at Dover Street Market in London and at Colette in Paris, and it will also be available at Gap’s flagship in Rome when it opens next year. There are no plans to launch the collection in the U.S. While Gap hasn’t yet released prices for the line, the collection is expected to be priced consistently with Gap’s existing collections.
No word as to whether or not the line will include children’s clothing, but our fingers (and toes) are crossed!