Giambattista Valli is designing athleisure
The capsule collection will debut next June
Couture designer Giambattista Valli is expanding his efforts into activewear! The news comes months after the designer showed off frothy tops and taffeta jackets paired with Nike running tights for autumn.
"It's a capsule collection where we will express a more functional side of the brand, while remaining faithful to the atmosphere of contemporary chic that is part of its DNA," Valli told WWD.
"I love the idea of introducing new materials to activewear by applying the house's know-how in handling certain fabrics to this segment," he said. "It's extremely Valli, extremely sophisticated, extremely luxurious – but on the other hand, today's customer mixes Uniqlo with luxury brands."
Before you get excited about bringing your couture-turned-gymwear pieces to the park, Valli won't be designed performance wear. Think après-ski outfits, swimwear and beach separates. Don't expect the pieces to come cheap either; prices range from €1,100 to €2,500 and the collection will debut in June 2018.