Uniqlo, the Japanese masters of utility, are known principally for their functional, versatile and flexible approach to fashion. Modest, unpretentious collections have made them the staples of the world’s wardrobes – so their continued expansion into higher fashion spaces is as unexpected as it is successful.
Their latest collaboration takes Tokyo to Paris, where artistic director Christophe Lemaire has curated a collection that elevates the details of the simple. Unassuming sweaters done in thick fleece are one example of simple textural choices that grab attention without being pompous.
This may be a Fall collection, but by treating the outer layers as self-sufficient, it can be worn imaginatively for summer. The Trench solo; bare underneath, or the cardigan unbuttoned to the sternum. Lemaire’s Uniqlo is about providing a sophisticated blank canvas that gives men control of their look. Asserting style through simplicity is the greatest of all possible products of blending Japanese and Parisian aesthetics.