If Lanvin for H&M and Karl Lagerfeld's new masstige range weren't enough to get you excited about some affordable autumn shopping, there's more good news coming your way. Couture meets casual wear as Valentino partners with the Gap.
The collaboration will coincide with the opening of a new Gap flagship in Milan in late November and will be based around iconic Gap pieces, reworked by Valentino designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli. Can we expect some signature Valentino red and lots of feminine details - bows, ruffles, lace and more - that the designers sent down their autumn/winter 2010 catwalk?
Even those of us outside of Milan will be able to get our hands on the goods. The collection will be sold at the Gap flagship on Oxford Street, Dover Street Market, Colette in Paris and the forthcoming Gap flagship in Rome, due to open in 2011.
The designers told WWD that the capsule collection "brings together the iconic world of Valentino and Gap's fashion essentials. In this way, Valentino and Gap synthesize the current trend of combining luxury with basics."