For this season, UNIQLO featured LifeWear with three categories, namely Outdoors, Work & Craft, and Art & Design that embody its enduring commitment to keeping people comfortable and making life better. The Blocktech Parkas, UV Cut apparel and Dry-Ex Polo T-shirts were a few key pieces that stood out in the Outdoors category.
The Blocktech Parkas are water-resistant, making them the perfect outdoor companions. One good example is the Dry Sweat Pants that offer excellent ease of movement and quick-drying performance, making them perfect for everyday and sports use.
UNIQLO has also updated the UV-blocking apparel treatment in line with weave and knitting techniques and fabric characteristics to maximise protection. The UV-blocking items are treated to shield against up to 90% of rays. The light and compact pocketable UV CutParkas are especially handy for those who love the outdoors but are also concerned about UV exposure.
UNIQLO has also launched the DRY-EX Polo Shirt this season that incorporatespolyester fibres derived from recycled PET bottles, while retaining its moisture-wicking properties.
For the Work & Craft category, UNIQLO has reduced the environmental footprint of its manufacturing process in crafting Denim Jackets and Jeans. UNIQLO is a member of the non-profit Better Cotton Initiatives (BCI) that supports sustainable cotton production.
The brand also works with its partner factories to purify and reuse waste water generated in the production process.
In the Art & Design category is full of long, lean silhouettes. The mineral colour-inspired pieces are versatile and easy to match. Key designs include trench coats made for cooler weather.
The Kando Jackets’ light colours and blazer styling, with light-weight stretch fabric makes for easy movement and is perfect for Spring.
Sporty Polo Shirts incorporate AIRism comfort features that make them perfect for layering in the Summer. The slim-fit Tailored Jackets employ a linen-like fabric to keep wearers looking and feeling cool.
UNIQLO U Line
The UNIQLO U line from the Paris R&D Center led by Artistic Director Christophe Lemaire is simple and high-quality basic wear that incorporates modern design in the details.
Each season, the team incorporates the latest materials and advanced technologies in the designs. This season, coats and dresses come in wrinkle-resistant new materials and linen-like fabric, which are useful for layering in early spring.
The HANA TAJIMA FOR UNIQLO Collection
The HANA TAJIMA Collection is another collection that I am looking forward to. The partnership between New York-based fashion designer Hana Tajima and UNIQLO has entered its sixth year in 2020. The collection celebrates body diversity, so rather than forcing bodies to fit into conventional sizes, these clothes flexibly change to match individual shapes. The colour palette is equally refreshing, with emphasis on earthy tones, light yellow and oranges.
Ines de la Fressange Collection
The 1924-themed line-up features wardrobe essentials inspired by 1920s Paris. Ines de la Fressange is truly French chic at its best. The line comprises of three themes.
The Paris left the deepest impression and was inspired by the 1924 Summer Olympics. The range has a fun sporty retro feel to it and is incredibly stylish and wearable.
The Gardians range is inspired by French cowboy clothing in Arles and the Muses range consists mostly of dresses for relaxing outdoors.