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Lemaire working miracles for Uniqlo

Sep 17. 2018
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By The Nation

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The Christophe Lemaire-led design team at the Uniqlo Paris Research and Development Centre is constantly creating fresh ideas for patterns, fabrics and sewing techniques.

Since the line’s debut two years ago, its mainstay items have become even more attractive, with its innovations transforming into contemporary essentials. 

The latest collection features a vivid autumn-winter colour palette and designs with in-trend volumes. It is elegantly timeless while showcasing diverse ideas that symbolise the future of LifeWear. 

Lemaire has been designing his namesake collection since 1991 and has served as artistic director for Lacoste and women’s ready-to-wear at Hermes. In 2016 he assumed the same post at the Uniqlo research centre. 

The collection features brilliant reds and fuchsias as rich and warm accents that symbolise the coming of autumn. The styling emphasises volume through dolman sleeves for women’s fleece blousons and boxy silhouettes for men’s fleece jackets. Women’s items exude comfort and confidence, while men’s pieces convey unpretentious relaxation. 

The range includes men’s and women’s Blocktech coats so they’re water-repellent and windproof. Women’s coats wick away inside-moisture and have snap-on hoods, with hem slits that enhance comfort when walking or seated. 

This season sees 3D knits employing advanced “Wholegarment” technology for beautiful silhouettes that are also comfortable. There are two dresses and three sweater designs for women. 

A special spinning technique has resulted in raised looks and soft textures in mid-length sweaters. There are also sweaters with vintage-style link knitting and items in comfortable ponte fabrics. 


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