Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Pierre Hardy shoes now available at Gap

Speaking of Gap, has anyone seen its design collection shoes?

News broke last year that Pierre Hardy - shoe mastro known for creating the highly sculptural shoes for Balenciaga - has partnered with Gap Europe to design a capsule collection of shoes for sale at lower price points. The collection, debuted in Europe in Fall, is now available stateside for Spring in selected Gap stores and on Gap.com.

Hardy's U.S. collection featured demure leather flats and platform sandals that compliment Gap's carefree aesthetic for Spring. A pair of gladiator flat sandals looks especially good with flowing wide-legged pants and short dresses. Items are priced from $78 to $98 a pair in European sizes.

Photos from top: Pierre Hardy for Gap U.S. collection.

Photo source: Gap.com

CFDA Designers for Gap Encore

Repeating the success of last year's CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund design venture, Gap has partnered with 3.1 Phillip Lim, Threeasfour, Band of Outsiders, Michael Bastian and Philip Crangi to create a one-of-a-kind capsule collection of iconic white shirts.

This year the national retailer will also introduce menswear and jewelry in black and white variations to complement the shirts.

According to the Fashion Week Daily, each designer has worked with Gap's VP of design Patrick Robinson on the pieces, which will be available at select stores in U.S., Canada, Japan, U.K. and Gap.com. The collection, with items ranging in $35 to $88, will be available starting April 15.

Here's details from the collaboration, citing from the Fashion Week Daily:

Lim's collaboration resulted in four pieces: a tie-neck shirt, a bell-sleeve ruched shirt, and a layered sleeve top, all at $78. "I've always been a fan of the classics and I love everything iconic," said Lim. "My motto is when in doubt, just choose good style. Gap, to me, is synonymous with that."

Band of Outsiders designer Scott Sternberg created a patchwork tunic for $88. "Growing up, Gap was this depot of great jeans, great sweaters; just the best basics that were out there. I was trying to create something that felt very easy but fresh and modern," said Sternberg.

Threeasfour's Gabi, Adi and Ange, meanwhile, designed a camisole for $78 and a cutaway dress for $88.

In men's wear, Bastian created an epaulet and a Western shirt for men, both at $78. "I'm so proud to be able to do this with Gap," he said. "To be the first men's designer to do a shirt for men, as well as being able to design my first piece ever for women, is amazing!"

Crangi, meanwhile, whose task was to create jewelry for the project, devised items such as a white or black wide resin cuff for $45. "It's a real clean slate," he said. "I can go in there and really state the aesthetic of Gap jewelry which is exciting."

Gap will also host the launch party honoring the designers with Vogue on April 14 in Rockefeller Center.

Source: WWD, Gap media, Fashion Week Daily

Photos from top: Gap 2008 CFDA/Vogue Design Edition

Photo source: Fashion Week Daily