Orla Kiely's second high street collection for Uniqlo, due out on September 6 as part of Fashion's Night Out, makes me dream of cold Autumn nights where you want to snuggle up in a colourful printed dress, shirt, hoodie or scarf. Her first line of tshirts for the chain sold out in less than four hours back in March, so I'm predicting big things for this latest collaboration. The London-based Irish designer told Vogue:
"After such a successful collection for spring/summer 2012, I was really happy to do another collection with Uniqlo. I really admire their philosophy and classic style, but also their attention to good quality materials. The price is great and it definitely feels like the less-is-more approach to styling, which is very modern. I love the Japanese aesthetic and so it has been great collaborating with such a popular and cool brand."
Kiely added: "We were really keen to introduce some new shapes that had a Sixties vibe". Scarves will go on sale at £9.90, long sleeve tshirts at £14.90, dresses at £19.90, and hoodies at £29.90. Take a look here at what you can expect and tell me if you're excited too!
Cath Kidston has this month teamed up with High Street store Uniqlo bringing her kitsch prints to printed tees. The British label is working with Uniqlo to raise money for the Japanese Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning (JOICFP). Cath Kidston and Uniqlo will make donations from the net proceeds of sale to fund an initiative supporting a safe motherhood program in Zambia.
The collection includes floral prints, London and bird illustrations. All of the t-shirts retail for £12.99 and are available in a range of different necklines. You can shop the pieces below.
Antoni and Alison have dug in to their archive for their latest collaboration with Uniqlo. The design duo have created a line of printed retro tees featuring a range of quirky slogans including 'I hate my hair' or 'Work very hard'. The collection launches instore and online on 28th March with each top retailing for £12.99. Do you like to wear slogan t-shirts?
I have always been a fan of Jil Sander's collaboration with Uniqlo, but this season I'm a little bit more excited as her mainline is one of my favourites for Spring. The +J collection is just about to launch in New York, but we must wait a little bit longer to get our hands on some pieces. It's set to go on sale here online at 1am on Thursday 3 February. Alternatively, if you don't want to shop in the middle of the night, you can shop from 10am on Oxford Street and at Westfield. This is Sander's fourth collection with Uniqlo and this time it focuses on "wide spaces and primordial colour contrasts". You can see a small selection of the womenswear below including a gorgeous red dress that is sure to sell out. Are you excited for this +J Spring line?
Jil Sander continues to collaborate with Uniqlo this season as she prepares to unveil her Autumn collection. +J for Uniqlo launches at Westfield and Oxford Street tomorrow morning and includes some classic pieces. The designs are more about classic cut, shape and fabric than anything else and are great investment buys at bargain prices. There are 150 items for both men and women from just £12.99. Jil commented, "+J concentrates on a well fitted, sculptured cut, quality materials, careful detailing, and an overall subdued sophistication. I called the ideal I have in my mind, uniforms for the future". Click through to see some of my favourite pieces.
Orlando Bloom is the latest name to be snapped up by Uniqlo for their ad campaign. The actor was shot by Steven Klein and styled by Nicola Formichetti for these wintery photos where he poses in Heat Tech pieces. Orlando described the brand as offering "good quality clothing for a very good price" and that they're "real clothes for real people". You can watch a behind the scenes video here. Do you like Orlando's ad campaign?
Photos courtesy of NicolaFormichetti
A lot of store right now are rethinking the way they approach online shopping. Gap, H&M, Zara and Banana Republic recently launched online stores for the first time. Whilst River Island, Topshop and Uniqlo have been busy relaunching theirs. Why is this happening right now? You might ask. Well, most etailer takes way more money than any flagship store as it's customer base is not location dependent. The economic problems over the past few years have made retailers sit up and take notice of this and are therefore embracing online shopping. I certainly find myself shopping online a lot more – it feels less like spending money some how and it's just easier. This got me wondering, do you shop online more now than ever before?
Did you get the memo? Mickey Mouse is having a fashionable moment. The classic cartoon character and his fictional love interest provoked a love of mouse ears recently, and now prints of him are appearing all over the High Street. Dolce and Gabbana used a Mickey Mouse print in their Spring collection, and now Uniqlo has dedicated a whole collection to him. Mickey By...@Uniqlo is available for men and women and includes t-shirts, underwear and accessories. My favourite piece is this printed scarf which is available in several different colours. Are you interested in this collection?
You are probably already aware that neutral and flesh tones are big news for Spring. They featured heavily on the catwalks, most recently at the Chanel couture show, and are perfect for getting in to the new season spirit.
You could ease yourself in to flesh tones with a pastel shade pair of skinny jeans. I have noticed a lot of pink jeans on offer which are perfect for adding some colour to dull grey Winter days. My favourite pair are from Uniqlo where their skinny tapered jeans are available in a range of colours. I also really like See by Chloe's slightly darker version (£191). Will you be wearing pink skinny jeans this Spring?