Set to be available in stores and online at Uniqlo.com starting from October 14th, every piece of the Uniqlo x Christophe Lemaire fall 2016 collection is finally here to be seen!
As soon as former Hermès designer Christophe Lemaire was appointed as Uniqlo’s artistic director earlier this summer, he headed to Uniqlo’s development center in Paris to concentrate on the newest Uniqlo U’s FW 2016-17 seasonal collection and, to the pleasure of many, to lead the label’s research center too. Lemaire, whose previous fall and spring capsule collections for Uniqlo were an overall acclaimed success, has in fact created an entirely new line entitled Uniqlo U, which is also going to be shown at the Paris Fashion Week in September.
If things were not exciting enough, the newest Uniqlo has something else to treat us to: its price tags. Christophe Lemaire’s Uniqlo U mixes the Japanese retailer’s refined materials, cuts and lines with competitive prices that are affordable indeed, as proven by this very first Uniqlo fall 2016 collection too.
The Uniqlo U x Christophe Lamaire pieces are all priced between $14.90 and $179.90, with the range featuring 50 garments for women’s wear and 34 for men. As for the style Lemaire chose to concentrate on, he just focused on functionality and pleasing aesthetics, translating the label’s signature Japanese-inspired references in a more contemporary way.
“We start from reality because we are interested in creating good clothes… So it starts from very concrete things: what we need everyday to wear, what we’d like to have in our wardrobes, the functionality of it, how to improve the comfort,” he explained earlier this summer.
As far as we can see from the collection’s pieces, Lemaire truly lived up to his words, as the Uniqlo U fall 2016 line-up features a well-assorted array of outerwear ensembles, minimalistic designs for us to show off every day, even from day to night, and couture-esque stand-out staples we can mix-and-match with other pieces we might already own.
Relaxed in lines and cozy in textures, the garments all feature big volumes and practical pockets to be left as empty as they are as somewhat of an aesthetical statement, or to be filled with our personal belongings.
Sweaters, billowy pants, clean-cut shirts and warm bombers are at the core of Lemaire’s collection, which at times gets revamped with geometric pencil skirts, elegant wrap coats (those are the most expensive), and even sleeveless dresses we can wear over an oversized, plain white t-shirt. Fine Merino long-sleeved frocks, sweat ¾-sleeve dresses and cashmere long dresses are elegant at their finest, while the many long-sleeved, kimono-inspired camisoles made of denim could be regarded as modern at their purest.
As for the chosen color palette, Lemaire remained true to Uniqlo’s signature shades, namely black, dark red, blue, olive green, ochre and, of course, white.
With this extremely variegated and versatile collection at our disposal, we can’t wait to see what Christophe Lemaire and Uniqlo U have in store for us in the year to come!
Photos courtesy of Uniqlo