Valentino x Gap is alive, well, and selling online.
When Gap announced its collaboration with Valentino - a nod to their new store in Milan - American style junkies cried foul. The clothes wouldn't be carried in US stores, and we knew their eBay prices would be jacked beyond belief.
This story was published on November 30, 2010.
But it turns out the panic, while understandable, isn't completely justified. The French boutique Colette ships anywhere in Les Etats Unis, and happens to have five of the seven Valentino x Gap pieces in stock. It's not a perfect solution - they don't have all the clothes in all the sizes - but you've definitely got some options.
And if Colette can't help you out, try Net-a-Porter. They have a slew of Red Valentino clothes on sale right now - and some are even cheaper than the Gap stuff. Try to stay calm while ordering, okay?
Click through the gallery for links to buy each piece.