What to Buy in the Restocked Uniqlo and Lemaire Collection
The Uniqlo and Lemaire Fall/Winter 2015 collection debuted last October, but you will be forgiven if you blinked and missed it — the ultra-minimalist pieces were snatched up in a flash. But, you now have a second chance to score a few looks from one of the hottest style collaborations this past year. Some of the items have been restocked and are now available on Uniqlo’s website.
The partnership between former Hermes designer Christopher Lemaire and the Japanese fast-fashion giant was nothing short of a seamless meeting of minds, infusing timeless elegance and quality of design into everyday essentials.
We’d recommend not waiting too long this time around. You’re not likely to get a third chance at a good thing. And, the next Uniqlo and Lemaire collection won’t be out until summertime. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the must-buys that deliver style and substance.
1. Knit blazer
A perfect all-weather layering piece, this casual blazer is soft, warm, and comfortable. While quietly understated, the piece is not your standard cardigan. It boasts plenty of sophisticated panache by way of the smaller, refined collar, oversized breast pocket, and curved lines in the front. Available in black and navy, it’s an easy addition to slip on over any outfit. The dark blue makes an especially strong statement when paired with monochromatic tailoring for a modern, cool finish.
2. Mock turtleneck sweater
The mock turtleneck sweater is enjoying a bit of a renaissance. Between the sweater action seen in Drake’s “Hotline Bling” music video and James Bond’s iconic 007 dapper flair, the mock-neck is back with a vengeance. The Uniqlo and Lemaire collection gives you an opportunity to channel your favorite rapper or your favorite spy with this premium knit version that features the texture of extra-fine Merino wool and a slightly loose, natural cut for extra comfort. While the off-white color is a nice change of pace and the navy is handsome enough, you’ll likely want to go with the black version if you’re feeling a bit Bond-ish.
3. Cashmere flat-front pants
With a slender, tapered cut and a tailored, elastic waistband, these relaxed flat-front pants cut a sharp profile that won’t leave you uncomfortable. Plus, they have the luxe texture of cashmere working in their favor. Well-suited for a day at work, the black trousers are made for button-down shirts and nubby sweaters. If you’re not such a fan of an elasticized waist, then go the more traditional route with the Uniqlo and Lemaire standard flat front pants that feature a similar cut in a cotton canvas material.
These aren’t your ordinary black sweats. They’ve been updated for a more streamlined design that is both slender and tapered. In fact, from a distance, you might mistake them for a pair or chinos or trousers. Zippered cuffs add a final bit of trendsetting edge to this wardrobe staple. While athletic sneakers are a sure bet, pair these sweatpants with dress shoes for an outside-the-box but oh-so-cool look; in fact, it’s quite the perfect match. With that in mind, you might be able to even get away with wearing these sweats to the office. Just avoid the temptation to slip off your brogues and take a nap.