We love a designer collaboration and Uniqlo’s latest announcement has got us willing the winter months to hurry up. The brand’s previous collabs have been total sell-outs, from Pharell’s range to Ines de la Fressange’s chic staples, and now the former creative director of Hermes, Christophe Lemaire has been tapped to produce some luxe pieces, working alongside his partner (in work and life), Sarah-Linh Trans.
Lemaire was at the helm of Hermes for 5 years and showed his final collection for the brand during the spring/summer 2015 Paris Fashion Week last October. Now branching out on his own with partner Sarah-Linh, the couple are concentrating on expanding their own eponymous label: Lemaire.
On the collaboration with Uniqlo Lemaire said, “Our philosophy is close to Uniqlo’s. Uniqlo designs quality garments for everyday life. Uniqlo is not trend-driven. Everything is about the product and technological innovations. Their philosophy is strong and modern.”
The initial images of the capsule collection reveal simple and wearable designs, all at affordable prices. The collection starts at around £20, and goes up to £130 for outerwear. Lemaire sums up the collection as “simple, chic and daily,” which is music to our (wardrobe’s) ears. The gorgeous cosy knits will be some of the hardest working pieces on our rails.
The collaboration with the Japanese brand will feature 30 pieces for women and 25 pieces for men, covering a range of items such as shirts, knits, trousers, skirts and dresses, all in a neutral colour palette. Looks like we’re going to have a hard time deciding what to buy…
The collection is set to arrive in stores early October. We can’t wait!
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By Lucy Mulliner