From Jil Sander to Ines de la Fressange to Christophe Lemaire, Uniqlo never fails to surprise and impress us with its collaborators from the fashion world, and the latest might be its biggest coup yet.
The Japanese global retailer announced, Thursday, that it will launch a 40-piece collaboration with Carine Roitfeld this fall. It's a first for the influential French editor and style icon: While she regularly collaborates with the biggest designers and photographers in the game as part of her duties as a stylist, editor of CR Fashion Book and global fashion director of Harper’s Bazaar, her only noteworthy collaboration involving a product was with MAC in 2012.
Usually swathed in Givenchy and Tom Ford — and known for styling high-fashion editorials and campaigns for luxury brands — it's hard to imagine what Roitfeld might do with a retailer known for casual, minimalist basics. If we had to guess, the silhouettes will be form-fitting, the colors dark and the overall vibe, chic.
According to a release, Roitfeld's collection is based on Uniqlo's LifeWear category — "innovative, high quality clothing that promotes comfort" — and will include everything from outerwear to "innerwear." "I started from the idea of clothes that I would want to wear myself, and developed this into clothes that anyone would want to wear, a woman’s ideal of clothes that make her feel transformed when she wears them," said Roitfeld in a statement.
Referring to her work in magazines and ad campaigns, Uniqlo Design Director Naoki Takizawa stated, "I believe that a new type of LifeWear will be created through her work.”
While that sounds intriguing, we truly have no idea what this collection is going to look like. Still, it's designed by Carine Roitfeld and will be in our price range, so we are very, very excited.