Every wardrobe needs staples (especially if it’s a stationery cupboard, ha!), and when we’re looking for them we usually head to Uniqlo. The Japanese brand’s impeccable range of long-lasting layers, though, belies its equally charming selection of special, statement pieces. Exhibit A: their new FW21 collection.
Titled ‘An Environment For the Body’, it’s designed by UK-born, New York-based designer Hana Tajima, known for her functional designs and eclectic moodboard of influences. She founded MAYSAA, a womenswear label built on simplicity and modernity, before turning her deft hand to designing for UNIQLO.
Bold and elegant, her collection revolves around movement, fluidity and global connections, tapping into the freedom we’ll be re-embracing by winter. Long, languid, floaty silhouettes are the order of the day here, realised both by extending the top upwards (high-neck shirts designed with comfort in mind) and the hem downwards (long, high-waisted trousers and gorgeous full-length coats).
The palette is august and autumnal, with woody, mineral tones and pops of late-summer yellow planting the background for floral motifs and simple, clean details. The patterns are inspired by sculpture and weaving techniques, which explains the focus on shape and form that we’re so obsessed with. The pieces are the kind to instantly announce your arrival at some sort of slightly-too-expensive dinner, floating through the ornate doors like the icon that you are (yes, you!)
UNIQLO’s FW21 collection is available online and in store from August 5, with prices starting at 35EU.