The next installation at the rotating concept GAP store, next to the GAP flagship on 54th Street, is all about the cardigan - next to a bright selection of the brand's in-house-designed pieces will be a selection of more creative takes on the classic, designed by thirty RISD students. The students did everything from just adding a bit of shine or applique, to totally deconstructing the cardigans to make dresses and skirts. Patrick Robinson says that GAP needs to think outside of the box (they've reported only sales declines for eleven months in a row), and get people talking about emerging designers. So far, the names of the students involved have not been mentioned, but we do know that their cardigans will cost over 50% more than usual. Which, from GAP's perspective, seems smart. If these students weren't paid - a safe assumption - then that's a whole lot of profit margin for that tiny little space.
Valentino for Gap: The Full Collection
A couple months ago, Gap announced that they'd teamed up with Valentino to produce a capsule collection. The seven-piece collection, created to celebrate Gap's arrival in Italy, hits stores this Friday, November 26. Sadly, the pieces will only be available in select stores in Europe--at Gap's new stores in Rome and Milan, as well as Colette in Paris and at Dover Street Market and Gap's flagship store in London. We were doubtful as to how Valentino's signature ruffles would translate into a collaboration for the high street retailer but for the most part, it works. The color palette is simple--army green, cream and black--so as not to upstage the ruffles adorning all the cargo looks. There are few pieces from the capsule collection that we're bummed won't be available stateside. Namely, the black leather skirt (£129), the army parka with ruffles (£149.95), and the gathered skirt fixed with a big loopy bow (£69.95). The ruffle-front cargo pants, however, we'll gladly leave to folks across the pond. And if you can figure out how to wear them without looking clownish, let us know. Click through for a look at the full collection, courtesy of the Telegraph.