J.W. Anderson Collaborating with Uniqlo

Photo: @JW_Anderson on Instagram

Today, it was announced that fast-fashion, minimalist brand Uniqlo will partner with legendary designer J.W. Anderson is set to create a collection for the retailer that highlights his signature British heritage.

According to WWD, Anderson said, “Collaborations are incredibly important in design. When I think of Uniqlo, I think of things that are perfectly made, that people have spent a lot of time considering. It’s a difficult job, and I think Uniqlo does it very well. Working with Uniqlo is probably the most incredible template of democracy in fashion, and it’s nice that my design can be accessible to anyone, on all different levels.”

The match does certainly seem to be one made up in the clouds: Anderson is famous for his signature ultra-simple look of jeans a blue crewneck sweater.

Speaking on the collaboration, Yuki Katsuta head of research and design at Uniqlo, explained: “Much of the clothing we wear today has a long history, and many styles originated from uniforms or workwear. The British Isles constitute a treasure house of such apparel, with duffle coats and fisherman’s sweaters being just two examples. In partnering with J.W. Anderson, one of Britain’s most innovative and creative brands, we will tap into traditions while pursuing progress in designs and fabrics, to craft styles that are enduringly appealing.”

Uniqlo has a rich history of successful collaborations: besides their J+ collection with Jil Sander, the brand recently launched a Beauty and the Beast-ispired collection. At today’s press conference, it was revealed that Uniqlo has renewed their partnership with the Museum of Modern Art – they offer free admission to the museum on Friday nights, and in exhcange are able to feature certain work from the famed art institution in their apparel.

Shop the Hottest Designer Collaborations of All Time

It seems like when our favorites designers release collaborations, the good stuff is swooped up within hours. Everyone wants a piece, and rightfully so — when else are you gonna get a piece of fashion history for pennies on the usual dollar? For all the shoes and jackets we couldn’t buy then, we’ll forever have reverse buyer’s remorse… which is why we’re on a mission to find it all again now. Lucky you.

 

Alexander Wang x H&M

The Alexander Wang x H&M collaboration was one of the most hyped we’ve seen — and totally worth it. City-ready athletic wear you can and will want to wear out at night? Hell yeah, that scuba dress is perfection! Didn’t we see Rihanna in that sports bra? And come fall, you won’t want to be without that cool parka.

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JW Anderson x TOPSHOP

Designer JW Anderson’s stock has risen since this TOPSHOP collab came out in 2013. Now he’s helming Loewe, too, and the fashion world can’t get enough. That’s why this back-to-school argyle skirt and cool leather boots are must-haves. We’re scooping them up if you don’t.

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+J (Jil Sander x UNIQLO)

+J was perfect while it lasted. (We still mourn the loss.) Jil Sander’s then-ongoing collaboration with UNIQLO was everything we wanted for staples in our closet — especially the jackets.

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Missoni for Target

Legit you can’t tell the difference — might as well be real deal, main line Missoni. And this is the perfect dress for summer.

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Maison Martin Margiela x H&M

For its H&M collab, Margiela pulled out the archives and remade the highlights. These Perspex-heeled boots are quintessentially Margiela. You could wear them forever.

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Adidas x Kanye West

These Yeezy kicks are HOT. They might defy that pennies on the dollar rule, but can you put a price on love?

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Raf Simons x Adidas Stan Smiths

Here we have a classic, slightly retooled by one of the chicest designers in the world.

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Marques’Almeida x H&M

Don’t you love it when the collaboration looks just like the designer stuff? The high rise ripped jeans are a staple from May to September (but you could break the rules and wear ‘em whenever). The fray on the denim jacket makes it Marques’Almeida and unique.

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Isabel Marant x H&M

A critically lauded collection full of must-haves. We’re particularly partial to the wear-anywhere chiffon dress and über-chic tuxedo jacket.

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Marni x H&M

Marni is art-mom-chic in the best possible way, and this patent leather jacket and knit has us feeling creative.

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Insta-Critic: Pared-Down Librarian Chic at Lemaire

Just yesterday it was announced that Lemaire will bring their refined style to Japanese über-retailer Uniqlo this fall. The pared-down aesthetic Lemaire designers Christophe Lemaire and Sarah-Linh Tran are known for was seen on the runway today in a collection high on the art of low-key luxe. France’s national “bibliothèque” set the stage for a muted, minimalist take on the season’s librarian-chic trend. Among the runway favorites? Long cape-like coats that betrayed their everyday practicality: those sliced-open sides will make for easy pocket access.

Final look @christophe_lemaire #lemaire #wantallthecoats – @leahchernikoff #pfw

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Lust-worthy coats

Cape-dressing at Lemaire

Lemaire makes the case for minimalist outerwear

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The leather belt, a favorite accessory of the season

Pharrell Puts On The Other White Tee

Is there a closet staple Pharrell can’t make great? Between his wardrobe of Vivienne Westwood extra tall hats, fashion plate-dom, and a hand in the resurgence of the bathrobe, Pharrell is doing his darndest to make all the good things even better. Now he has his hands on a stack of simple, soft tees. There’s no Billionaire Boys Club membership required for Pharrell’s latest venture into fashion — the Uniqlo t-shirt collab tops out at 20 bucks.

The collection launches at Uniqlo today. Take a look at the whole collection for men and women, below.

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Uniqlo, Dior Make the ’75 Things New Yorkers Talked About in 2011′ List

If you’re wondering what you and your peers talked about the most this year but don’t have the time to revisit your Twitter feed, then you’ll appreciate the latest best-of list compiled by The New York Times. "The 75 Things New Yorkers Talked About in 2011" features a variety of buzzworthy subjects that just about every human being has weighed in on in the last 12 months. From Uniqlo’s can’t-miss ads that featured figures like Tumblr founder David Karp (pictured), to the Dior new head designer guessing game, the list is sure to provide you with a generous dose of fashion, pop culture, and political nostalgia to get you through today.

Other sartorial highlights from the roundup include the number-crunching Alexander McQueen fashion exhibit at the MetElizabeth Taylor‘s record-breaking Christie’s auction, and Lady Gaga’s gender-bending take as Jo Calderon during the MTV Video Music Awards. See the complete list here.

The New Undercover x Uniqlo Lookbook is a Family Affair

After confirming the end of their Jil Sander partnership last summer, Uniqlo announced that they would debut a new collaboration with cult Japanese brand Undercover for spring/summer 2012. This was quite exciting news, considering that the avant-garde label shows at Paris Fashion Week and the international fast-fashion retailer never ceases to impress us with their consistently creative ad campaigns. Now, the Undercover for Uniqlo "UU" capsule images are finally here, and they’re something that the whole family will enjoy.

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The shots feature a husband and wife with their unusually well-behaved children, doing family-friendly things like having picnics in the park and watching movies.  Of course, they’re all decked out in stylish gear from the collab, which includes lots of neutral basics for men, office-friendly separates for women, and super cute choices for kids. See more images here.

The "UU" line will launch on March 16 at the Uniqlo Ginza global flagship in Tokyo first, then will hit 32 stores in Japan and 11 locations around the world.

Uniqlo Believes Apple is Their Only Competitor

This is interesting: Uniqlo’s UK chief executive Takao Kuwahara recently sat down with The Wall Street Journal to reveal his raw thoughts on the massive fast-fashion retailer’s success. Rather than provide safe responses to run-of-the-mill interview questions, Kuwahara guest edited the piece by sharing 11 Uniqlo takeaways that ranged from refreshingly honest to downright lofty. 

In addition to revealing that 90% of all Japanese people own Uniqlo, one of the most fascinating moments in the piece is when Kuwahara compares the brand’s value on customer service to that of Apple, declaring that the technology giant is their main competitor. "We don’t see ourselves as having competitors in the fashion-retailing space," he tells WSJ. He goes on to slam comparisons to the Gap, explaining, "we are not style-driven, we do not believe customers need advice on dressing themselves—they are smart enough to make their own choices."

Finally, he notes that although Uniqlo is in third place amongst international fast-fashion brands like H&M, Limited, Inditex (Spanish retailer) and the aforementioned Gap, they’re on a mission to become the "No. 1 clothing retailer in our sector within the next 8 years." If they keep rolling out compelling campaigns like this, we say they’re well on their way.

Photo via Styleite

Uniqlo Shows Its Love For MoMa

Fashion and art have long made goo-goo eyes at each other. But UNIQLO, known for doing good things, is so smitten with MoMA that it’s actually gone and made a standing Friday date: as of May 3rd, the retailer will sponsor UNIQLO Free Friday Nights–with the first 1000 art lovers arriving that evening scoring a free tote bag.

Fittingly, Tadashi Yanai, chairman, president, and CEO of parent company Fast Retailing, insists The Modern is his "favorite museum in the world." And despite the occasional outcry from art purists, MoMA’s director insists that such support of the free admission program year-round "helps [the museum] fulfill its mission of making art accessible to a wider public." Evidence comes by way of an expanded public schedule, with MoMA to be open seven days a week as of May 1st.

Upcoming exhibition highlights include Ellsworth Kelly: Chatham Series (May 25 – September 8) and Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes (June 15 – September 23). For those who like a bit of hobnobbing with their art, summer Friday evenings in the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden are something of a social scene. 

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6 Sweet Cyber Monday Sales (and 2 Crazy Ones)

It’s Cyber Monday, y’all! This is when your return to work after a long holiday doesn’t really feel like work because all you’re really doing is shopping online and Tweeting throughout the process. If you’re worried about your boss catching you (although I’m sure they’re doing the exact same thing in their office), here’s a handy fake spreadsheet to open on the fly. And if you’re not sure what sales are actually worth it, read on for a list of six sites to score big on, and two with some seriously zany deals.

OMG-worthy:

1. For the first time ever, blogger-favorite Brandy Melville is hooking up 30% off everything in their e-shop. The blogosphere is going crazy for this one, which is why the site has been crashing all morning. Keep refreshing the page and you’ll eventually get in. Once you’ve made it, don’t spend your time debating on items too long because there’s also a shopping cart waiting list that you’ll have to deal with. 

2. Another cult-favorite e-tailer, Nasty Gal is serving 25% off the entire site, including markdowns. They’ve also got some pretty cute swag in their gift guide.

3. Up to 50% off select items (and there are tons) on Net-a-Porter. This is a no-brainer. 

4. Want to be the most clever gifter ever this holiday season? The Fancy is offering 20% off their entire site today, which includes tons of unique gift items (keyboard contact lens case, anyone?). Just enter promo code CBRMON at checkout. 

6.  In honor of BeachMint’s super successful Black Friday sale, JewelMintShoeMintStyleMint and IntiMint are hosting a live interactive shopping event today at 10am PST. Hosted by WhoWhatWear’s Katherine Power and Hillary Kerr, CyberMint will feature exclusive deals, new product releases and celebs appearances by the likes of Rachel Bilson and Brooke Burke.  

WTF-worthy:

1. Speaking of cyber, streetwear e-tailer Karmaloop is taking the holiday one step further and has hired a dozen actual "cam girls" to sell their swag. According to SacBee, the "Karmaloop CyberKam girls will chat live for 24 hours titillating customers, offering exclusive deals, on the spot contests, performing live karaoke and other crazy surprises!" This one is obviously NSFW.

2. Not nearly as controversial but just as curious, Gilt City hosted a sale this morning that offered wealthy geeks to book a private, roundtrip flight for 136 people from San Francisco to the 2013 CES trade show in Las Vegas. Virgin America’s "Nerd Bird" went for a whopping $49,000 and is now sold out.