Last February in Bhutan, I finally got to wear this Uniqlo and Lemaire wool coat that I bought from the Fall Winter 2015 collection. I didn’t need another coat but I couldn’t resist. It was made of wool but it was unlined. It draped very well, and weighed lightly. As it turns out, it is the same coat that New Yorkers went nuts over when the collection came out. Lucky me. I got it marked-down at the end of the season.
When I got back from Bhutan, I received an email from the representatives of Uniqlo Philippines asking me if I’d be open to reviewing the Uniqlo and Lemaire Spring Summer 2016 collection. I jumped! I disclosed that I had been a fan of former Hermès creative director Christophe Lemaire. His clothes were like objects that were timeless but not simply “classic”. They allowed the wearer to interpret the pieces their own personal way. I checked out the items in store. Before Uniqlo could even send me some pieces to try, I already bought my faves.
This season, Uniqlo and Lemaire has belted dresses, knitted polos, sweaters, tent tops, ponchos, wide-legged pants and culottes, all in Lemaire’s minimalist aesthetic. The colour palette includes cream, slate blue and grey, a muted mustard, blue green and bright red. Lemaire and partner Sarah-Linh Tran were inspired by French holidays of the ’60s, hence breezy tent tops and tie-waist dresses. According to Vogue, thin-ribbed knits will appeal to customers looking to channel their inner Jane Birkin lounging on the sands of Cap d’Antibes.
I got my fix of Uniqlo and Lemaire SS 2016. The white cotton seer-sucker tent top is perfect for this summer. I have already worn it three times. The single-pleat wide-leg pant comes in blue, off white, black, and mustard. I had to have the A-Line coat which mimics a classic trench minus the hardware. The mustard v-neck sweater has a deep cut. For the photos below, which my daughter Sophia took, I’m wearing it carefully without inner wear. In reality you would need a tank top or something to go under as the neck line is cut really low.
Here are some of the best pieces in the collection that came out on March 4th.
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