The cult French designer and the cult Japanese superbrand are back.
When secret-weapon French designer Christophe Lemaire designed his first collection for Uniqlo back in 2015, it very quickly sold out. Which might have seemed surprising; As far as collaborations go, it wasn’t the loudest or weirdest, nor was it even the most hyped. But it shouldn’t have been a surprise at all. The clothes were scooped up because they were just plain good: High quality relative to price, interesting but still wearable, and in the right colors and shapes for that specific moment. Since then he’s worked further with the Japanese megabrand. And two years later, all that still describes Lemaire’s designs for Uniqlo (though these days, the mood is more hygge-sport than city-minimalist). The designer’s Fall 2017 collection for Uniqlo—now its own line called Uniqlo U—drops online tonight at 9 P.M. EST. As might be expected, it is everything you want to wear right now.
That is: substantial terry sweatshirts with ribbed cuffs, wide-leg pants that are cropped and tapered at the ankle, nylon blouson jackets tidy enough to wear to work, and all manner of tempting knitwear. Lemaire is known for his sweaters, so this category has always been a highlight in his Uniqlo collections. This fall, there are very right-now mock-neck turtlenecks, always useful crewnecks, and cardigans that look very similar to the $800 styles he sells in his namesake collection.
The color palette, meanwhile, has all the fall feels—forest green, wine, plum, and chestnut—but shots of black, white, and neon orange and yellow give those moody hues an energetic, athletic spin. Here’s what we’ve got our eye on in the expansive men’s collection. If you’re the type who wants to try things on, visit uniqlo.com/uniqlou17fw for a list of stores that will be selling the collection starting on 10/6.