Interesting Uniqlo collaboration klaxon!
Ines De La Fressange, the lanky French model who pretty much personifies the word ‘chic’ has collaborated with our favourite casual brand Uniqlo to produce a range of grown up clothes. Normally I’d be very excited about this, some of my very favourite wardrobe staples (still going strong due to brilliant quality fabrics) are from the Jil Sander and Uniqlo collaboration from 2009, I was bereft when partnership finished in 2011.
However, I’m a bit unsure about the look of some of Ines’s collection, I love the tomboy styling and timeless classic vibe to the shirts and jackets, but the flowery printed cotton dresses? Hmm, not so sure about those. And the drape-y jersey collection? I’m holding fire on that too, until I see it. Although Ines is a proper grown up, she is not like you and me in shape and I wonder just how some of this collection is going to look on us mortals. There’s something a wee bit frumpy about those stretchy waist trousers…
There are a couple of styles that look very wearable -my favourites are below- including the cute blue cotton workwear jacket and the chambray long sleeved shirt below.Prices are good but I think the whole collection will live or die on the quality of the fabrics, the last couple of Uniqlo/designer collaborations have been a bit disappointing in this regard, clearly they didn’t have Jil’s stickler eye for detail.
If the fabrics are good, then I’ll probably be racing you to the tills to stock up on white shirts (there are many of these) the navy blue cotton shirt dress and the mandarin collar, cornflower blue dress too. But this is going to be a collection I go into store to view before I buy. The range launches today on line and in store on Thursday 20th March. What do you think, will you be buying?