LifeWear is the word used to present the Uniqlo Fall/Winter 2017 Collection. Why? Uniqlo’s signature approach to apparel has always been rooted in everyday life, upholding Japanese values of simplicity, thoughtfulness and a commitment to craft, quality materials and functionality.
The collection showed in New York City earlier this month, echoing the diverse urban vibes of the Big Apple but we got a sneak peek earlier this evening! Here’s what you can expect from the Uniqlo Fall/Winter 2017 Collection.
#1 New Innovations in Denim
When it comes to denim, you can expect new innovations in fabric, fit and finish this season. The brand’s in-house jeans R&D specialists have been hard at work at the newly launched Denim Innovation Centre in L.A., and the first ever results of their labour will feature in this collection. The collection preview gave us a sneak peek of what’s to come with a denim bar in a variety of fits, from narrow to classic and wide-legged, and in different washes. A unifying factor – all fabrics were stretchable, which can only mean that enhanced fit has been foremost in their design intentions.
#2 Seamless 3D U-Knits
Uniqlo has been bringing us knits in fine wools such as cashmere, merino and lambs’ wool items at affordable prices. This season promises no less. With the advent of their Innovation Factory last year, a joint venture with Shima Seiki Manufacturing, the most stringent manufacturing processes are observed from sourcing rare wools to state-of-the-art methods in dyeing, spinning, knitting and finishing.
The Uniqlo Fall/Winter 2017 Collection will premier seamless 3D U-Knits. Conventionally, knitwear machines would produce shaped knit pieces which then needed to be stitched together. However, at Uniqlo’s Innovation Factory, whole knit garments are manufactured without seams, which means no yarn is wasted, and no stitching is required!
#3 Uniqlo U
Uniqlo enlisted French designer, Christophe Lemaire last year as artistic director of a new research and development centre in Paris. The former Hermès designer, who had enjoyed two successful seasonal collabs with Uniqlo, was to create a new affordable line for the brand – called Uniqlo U – which was then showed during Paris Couture Week.
Lemaire told Business of Fashion, “The biggest issue was to design things that are essential enough to be timeless, and understood by everyone. Elevated basics, I call them.
“Our ambition is to fill the gap between what’s fashion and what’s ‘normal’. I know the word ‘normcore’ is overused, but there’s something about normality I find very interesting – how do you make it super normal but refined and cool and desirable?”
We can expect more of this Lemaire brilliance this season.
#4 Designer Collabs
Ines de la Fressange
French model and icon, Ines de la Fressange only ever meant to work on one seasonal collab with Uniqlo. However, this collection marks her 8th collaboration line of detail-oriented Parisian chic staples – feminine shirts, blazers, trousers, classic knits and outerwear.
New this season: vintage sporty knits and classic Nordic sweaters, military-style mod coats, duffle coats, fleece blouson jackets and an updated line of dresses.
Ines also launches her first men’s line this season.
Hana Tajima for Uniqlo
UK-based Hana Tajima presents a new line featuring her signature sculptural drapes and folds. New this season: textured fabrics such as tweed, and a belted long coat in a colour palette that allows for head-to-toe, single-tone styling.
Critics have labelled his work ‘random and experimental’, although his FW 17 collection received rave reviews. Anderson describes the collection as uber-feminine and Vogue applauded the collection of ‘sensuously draped jersey, dropped-waist skirts with ostrich-feather inserts, silver chain mail–decorated tops, asymmetrically patchworked dresses, all of it grounded by high boots with square-cut toes or crystal-embellished sandals on low wedges’.
If this is anything to go by, we’re in for a happy ride indeed! The only hints we have are that the collection will highlight British heritage with the fit, fabric and functionality that Uniqlo’s LifeWear sub-label offers. This is no surprise considering he is a fan of what Uniqlo stands for, calling the brand ‘perfectly made’ and ‘a template of democracy in fashion’.
He tells us why he signed up for the collaboration here:
#5 Magic for All
Fans of the more whimsical side of Uniqlo will love the Magic for All Fall/Winter 2017 Disney Collection. Mickey goes travelling this season with adventures in New York, Paris, London, Shanghai and Tokyo to name a few places. Classic 1940s art from Disney will grace an array of T-shirts, sweatshirts, bomber jackets and a range of accessories featuring totes, pouches and wallets.