VALENTINO will join forces with Gap this winter to create an affordable womenswear capsule collection designed by the creative directors Maria Grazia Chiui and Pier Paolo Piccioli.

On the heels of the announcement this week that Lanvin’s Alber Elbas has collaborated with H&M, the launch of the Valentino high street collection will coincide with Gap’s new Milan flagship store in late November – before being available at Dover Street Market in London, Colette in Paris as well as Gap’s flagship store in London.

“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,” Chiuri and Piccioli said. “In this way, Valentino and Gap synthesise the current trend of combining luxury with basics.”

While perhaps not as widely known for its high designer partnerships as H&M,Gap has in the past worked with Pierre Hardy – for a capsule collection in 2009 – as well as Stella McCartney for a sell-out childrenswear line.

“We’re thrilled to be welcomed by the house of Valentino, with its unique position in Italy’s fashion heritage and to work with Maris Grazia and Pier Paolo, and their modern, fresh take on women’s style,” president of Gap in Europe, Stephen Sunnucks, said of the partnership.

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