Giambattista Valli Is Diving Into Athleisure in 2018

Giambattista Valli Is Diving Into Athleisure in 2018

The designer will expand his brand with sportswear for the first time.

The designer will expand his brand with sportswear for the first time.

Text: Sadie Bell

One might not expect luxurious eveningwear designer Giambattista Valli to apply his craft to the world of activewear, but come 2018, the Italian designer is set to release his first athleisure capsule collection — and the collection is just the first in a series of steps to grow his ever-evolving brand.

While it is a different direction for Valli, the upcoming collection coincides with his main line and will be presented on the runway with the designer's pre-fall presentation before a release in June 2018. Featuring over 50 original athletic garments including a variety of coats, jackets, sweatshirts, and tracksuits, the new pieces are just Valli's first venture into the popular athleisure space, which is set to eventually move into ski gear, swimwear, and more.

Valli told WWD, "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."

“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.”

When the collection finally makes its way to retailers this summer, it will be available at Valli's own boutiques, as well as a number of specialty stores around the globe. Let's hope these clothes make their way online as well.

Credits: Photo via Instagram

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