After a successful three-year stint as the Artistic Director at Givenchy, British designer Clare Waight Keller is making her return. This time, she’s chosen Uniqlo, the renowned Japanese high-street brand, as the canvas for her latest creation. On September 15, you can find the Uniqlo : C 2023 Fall Winter Collection by Clare Waight Keller in selected Uniqlo stores. This highly-anticipated drop represents another step in the Japanese high-street label’s mission to make high fashion accessible to all. It also marks a pivotal moment for the designer, seamlessly uniting Clare Waight Keller’s artistic vision with Uniqlo’s dedication to LifeWear.
Uniqlo : C – Where Curiosity Meets Clarity
The name Uniqlo : C 2023 Fall Winter Collection expresses the essence of this extraordinary collection. It’s an acronym that embodies Curiosity, Conversation, City, Clarity, Connection, and Creativity, seamlessly reflected in the designs. These are not just clothes; they are conversations waiting to happen. Inspired by the modern woman and Clare’s own name, the Uniqlo : C collection is more than just a fashion statement; it’s a statement of individuality.
Clare Waight Keller’s Distinctive Touch
Clare Waight Keller’s signature style is evident in every piece of the Uniqlo : C collection. Her fluid designs, delicate use of colour, and modern silhouettes breathe life into the concept of Uniqlo LifeWear. It’s also about comfort and functionality merging flawlessly with style. Each piece feels tailor-made, embodying the joy of refined ready-to-wear combined with the ease of familiarity.
Yukihiro Katsuta, Fast Retailing Group Senior Executive Officer and Head of R&D for Uniqlo, believes that Uniqlo : C will set a new standard for women’s LifeWear. Clare’s extensive experience and her understanding of the modern woman’s needs will undoubtedly delight wearers around the world.
Clare Waight Keller’s Perspective
Speaking to Vogue.com, Waight Keller offered insights into the essence of the collaboration, framing it as a collection rooted in ‘fluidity, movement, and femininity.’ She goes on to explain, ‘I also aimed to infuse my distinct British sensibilities into it—I’ve always had an affinity for the interplay of boy-meets-girl style and the concept of attitude dressing.’ Evidently, her own artistic vision and Uniqlo’s design philosophy, which emphasises technical innovation and utilitarian authenticity, are a natural fit. Meanwhile, the Japanese aesthetic, with its defining characteristics of subtlety, simplicity, and beauty, has had an ongoing influence on her work. This opportunity to infuse a fresh, global sensibility into her womenswear collection is definitely exciting.
So, what can you expect from the Uniqlo : C collection? Here’s the breakdown:
- Classic Trench with a Twist: A redefined timeless trench coat in a four-season gabardine twill, giving it a contemporary edge.
- Warmth Meets Lightness: PUFFTECH blousons and coats provide warmth without the weight, while the light down is treated with anti-static technology for added comfort.
- Elegance in Simplicity: Meticulously heat-pressing soft lustre satin creates the perfect knife-pleated maxi skirt, showcasing elegance in its simplicity.
- Versatile Styles: From casual trousers to fluid skirts and dresses adorned with delicate micro-floral and paisley prints, the collection offers a variety of versatile styles.
- Cosy Comfort: Relaxed sweaters, shrunken cardigans, and zipped boyfriend pullovers provide cosy comfort for everyday wear.
- The Iconic Bag: Uniqlo’s iconic round shoulder bag makes a chic comeback in an oversized version, offering ample space for your personal items.
- Complete the Look: To complete your look, the collection includes a range of appealing shoes that perfectly complement the style.
Mark Your Calendars
The Uniqlo : C 2023 Fall Winter collection will debut on September 15, 2023 (Friday). You can explore the full collection at Orchard Central Global Flagship, ION Orchard, and online stores. For more information and a closer look at the collection, visit the Uniqlo : C Special Site.
Get ready to embrace a new era in womenswear with Uniqlo : C. With Clare Waight Keller’s creativity and Uniqlo’s commitment to quality and comfort, the collection promises an exciting fashion journey ahead.