It was way back in June that we first heard that everyone’s favorite source for neatly-stacked sweaters, Uniqlo, would be releasing a new collection under Christophe Lemaire. And on Friday, that collection finally drops in stores (excuse us while we do a little happy twirl).
Lemaire, the former designer for luxury house Hermès, was named artistic director for Uniqlo’s Paris R&D Center after creating two collaborations with the Japanese brand last year. Those collections were so successful, they quickly sold out ? and there were few people in the fashion world who didn’t snap up at least a piece or two.
The new range, called Uniqlo U, is more of the same in the best possible way. There’s 50 items for women and 35 for men, many in Uniqlo’s signature rainbow of colors (well, Lemaire’s version of the rainbow, anyway, which features classy cobalt blues, camels, and a whole lotta black and white). There’s a heavy emphasis on knitwear, some slim-cut jeans and trousers, great athleisure pieces like quilted jogging pants, plus puffer coats, wool toppers, and other outerwear. Prices range from a downright cheap $14.90, to a still rather reasonable $179.90 for coats, and you can shop select items in stores, and find the full range at Uniqlo.com starting Friday, October 14.
Click on for some of our favorite pieces. Warning: we will fight you for that two-tone cashmere turtleneck…