Marry the allure of British fashion icon Clare Waight Keller with the understated genius of Japanese apparel behemoth Uniqlo and what transpires? A collection that screams elegance, innovation, and wearability all at once. Charting new territories, both in design and intent, Clare Waight Keller, the maverick behind Meghan Markle’s breathtaking wedding gown, is now steering Uniqlo into uncharted waters.
Having left an indelible mark on brands such as Gucci and Givenchy and dressing A-listers from Cate Blanchett to Charlize Theron, Keller’s illustrious journey now coincides with Uniqlo to birth the “Uniqlo: C” collection. Set to enchant us from September 15th, this collection, replete with 30 masterpieces, will be available both in brick-and-mortar stores spanning the globe and the brand’s digital channels.
While many still reminisce about Keller’s spell at Givenchy, her recent alignment with Uniqlo heralds a novel chapter. Moving slightly away from the realm of haute couture, this liaison accentuates practicality without compromising on sophistication. From redesigned trench coats that promise to be autumn staples to floral dresses that would be the envy of every soirée, this collection stands out. Moreover, the vegan leather Chelsea boots, priced teasingly at $59.90 USD, signify Uniqlo’s pioneering step into footwear, asserting that the brand’s aspirations are anything but static.
Peeking into the details, the collection resonates with Keller’s penchant for “timeless designs, a nuanced color palette, and expansive silhouettes crafted from modern fabrics,” a statement endorsed by Uniqlo’s parent group, Fast Retailing. The fervor surrounding this collection is palpable, especially the anticipation of a revamped version of the round mini shoulder bag that previously dominated the TikTok platform.
Keller’s perspective on this collaboration exudes genuine enthusiasm. She voiced, ”Designing a novel label for Uniqlo is both an honor and an exhilarating challenge. I hold the Keller LifeWear concept in high regard for its dedication to technological innovation and genuine functionality. Collaborating with the team to infuse a fresh essence into womenswear on this grandeur is indeed a thrilling venture.”
Moreover, the debut of “Uniqlo: C” for the upcoming Fall/Winter 2023 is merely the start. With the Spring/Summer 2024 collection set, Keller swiftly transitions to shaping the Fall/Winter 2024 ensemble.