Q&A with Christophe Lemaire

Q&A with Christophe Lemaire

What were your inspirations for this collection?

Changing lifestyles have created new needs, and clothing has adapted to the times. More than ever, function, versatility, and comfort are necessary design elements. Spending more time outdoors--from a walk in the park to cycling to work--was a key inspiration for this season, and the future. At Uniqlo U we're designing for today--and tomorrow.

How did you create the colour palette? What's the overall mood of the collection?

Our indoor surroundings have greatly influenced our lives. This is reflected in soothing soft browns, ceramic whites, muted blue-green, charcoal grey, and black with bright accents. At the same time, we've connected more deeply to nature, with calming shades of ochre, moss, and the magenta and purple of an early-morning sunrise.

Describe the fabrics in the collection. How do they feel to the wearer and what benefits do they offer?

Soft, easy fabrics with beautiful fluidity. Natural fibres such as lambswool and cotton that feel cosy and comfortable. Cotton has a fresh simplicity for tailored and workwear pieces, as well as outerwear, which is infused with invisible tech to help protect against the elements.

How did you decide on the silhouettes? Please tell us about any unique design details.

The idea was soft layering, with versatile styles for seamlessly transitioning between relaxing at home to going out in your neighbourhood. Every piece has been designed to be worn on its own or as a layer--with just the right proportions, lengths of sleeves and hems, size, and fit to work perfectly together. Freedom of movement and comfort are worked into loose and oversized shapes. These are silhouettes with elegance and ease.

Can the shape of a trouser change a look?

Absolutely! A silhouette is always an ongoing conversation between the top and the bottom, with the lower portion grounding and finishing the outfit. This season, we've experimented with styling to add colour and intrigue by rolling or scrunching hems.

What are your favourite pieces in the collection?

The short trench with BLOCKTECH is a timeless, elegant piece that works well with everything: with weatherproofing and ease of movement that's perfect for biking to work. I also really like the joggers with the front patch pocket, and the hooded zip-up--these add a casual, modern vibe to any look.

Please tell us more about the kids' collection. What do you like most about designing for kids?

It's a fun, spontaneous experience. While the styles look just like the adult versions, we really wanted to give kids the room they need in their active lives. The emphasis is on the freedom to run, jump, and play, all day.

How are these pieces Made for All?

Every Uniqlo U piece is designed to be made for all: with simple sophistication, casual fits, and a varied colour palette. We use larger grades between sizes to fit more body types, and use shades from neutrals to brights to integrate pieces more easily into every wardrobe. The price point as also democratic--these are well-made, long-lasting pieces, which are great value for everyone.