The power of sleek, minimalist basics must never be underestimated. For this reason it will be
welcome news to many that Jil Sander, queen of refined understatement, is reviving her
collaboration with Japanese casual-wear brand, UNIQLO.
From 2009 to 2011, the two collaborated to form UNIQLO +J and after a nine year hiatus, the
iconic collections will return. UNIQLO has been famed for some fun collaborations in the past,
including working with Sesame Street, Super Mario and Haribo. However, the budget high fashion
look will definitely set this collaboration apart. Sander’s eponymous line was founded in 1968 and
since then has become legendary. If, under normal circumstances you were to purchase a suit
from Jil Sander, you would expect to be spending within the region of £2000. With the help of the
Uniqlo collaboration however, no more than £200 need be spent to achieve the same levels of
luxurious and stylish simplicity.
In a press release, UNIQLO stated that the collection will “[define] the global modern uniform with
understatement and ease”. It will feature styles for both men and women and will undoubtedly be
a celebration of the perfectly-made basics that Sander does best. Although no further details have
been released about the collection itself, we can expect to see similarities to the 2009-2011
collections. Outerwear was a key theme previously with +J; boxy peacoats, simple but classic
blazers and belted trenches took centre stage.
Speaking to UNIQLO’s Lifewear magazine, Sander revealed her influences behind the collection;
“I do not work with visions or muses, neither with a mood board only. My creativity relies on the
fitting and experimenting with fabrics. I exclude and at the same time push in certain directions.
As I said, my eyes are fine-tuned to the emerging shape.”
Despite how little has been revealed so far, there is much anticipation surrounding this collection,
particularly when classic, luxurious basics have never been more necessary or appealing in the
world of lockdown. It is easy to see how this collection could come to represent the ‘global
modern uniform’ as promised.
By Sophie Easton