First Look: Uniqlo's Fall Winter 2014 Collection Features Ines de la Fressange

It's officially sweater weather and I'm looking for the perfect trench coat for our HK Part2 trip this year. My daughter's growing up fast and there's a huge chance she doesn't fit into anything from our last year.

Not everyone knows this but Uniqlo's winter clothes for kids are just as trendy as the men's and women's lines, plus they're very affordable. And the trench coat for women is always a Winter styling staple.

Good thing the global fashion giant Uniqlo unveiled its second collaboration with French fashion icon Ines de la Fressange as part of its Fall Winter 2014 collection.  Inspired by the success of the first collaboration for Spring Summer 2014, the second collection is bigger and remains true to the esprit and elegance of the first.

The press launch at SM Megamall yesterday was a very small Parisian themed affair, and yet I'm determined to get my hands on at least one of the patterned tweed or trench coats, they're the highlight of the collection in my opinion.

Prepare to be charmed by Ines de la Fressange's collection. “I wanted to retain the spirit we created in the Spring Summer collection. I love things that are unadorned, genuine, and comfortable to wear. For the Fall Winter items, I wanted to create lovely things that have the same elegance. One of the traditional European fabrics I wanted to include was tweed. With coats and jackets, the fabric and cut are important, and it was a real treat for me to be able to incorporate playful details and enjoy styling the clothing freely," said Ines.

I try to take the position of women today, and come up with ideas that take account of such factors as closet space and budgets. No one can live surrounded by unlimited clothing. Having many items is not necessarily a good thing, and it’s important to have ‘good clothes’, The point I wanted to express with the new collection is that even without a detailed fashion knowledge, women can find something beautiful to wear. They can have a full wardrobe. The Fall Winter collection is even better than I expected, and I’m extremely pleased with the elegant line.

Trench Coat (P6,990), Extra Fine Merino Boatneck Sweater (P1,990), Slim Fit Corduroy Pants(P1,990)

Design Director Naoki Takizawa said, “Like the streets of Paris, where novelty and beauty can be found in the constant blending of diverse elements throughout the city’s long history, this is a collection of essential apparel that quietly radiates through the styling. It is clothing that is simple, but with playfulness that prompts a smile. It is clothing that brings you back to your natural self just by wearing it. Talking with Ines, I begin to see clothing that anticipates the next era. It then starts to overlap with its LifeWear concept.

The collaboration line is an iteration of LifeWear, aimed at enriching lives through quality clothing. Rather than following trends, it focuses on what Ines herself wears, to look and feel great. Each detail, from the height of the waist and opening of the neckline to overall fit, has been carefully refined through a long fitting process with Ines herself, to create a perfectly balance collection.

Featuring smartly cut shirts, classic trench and tweed coats, casual cashmeres, chic trousers and Ines’ favorites, like the elegant tuxedo jacket and simple silk dresses, each piece translates easily from day to night.  And each is a great addition to any woman’s, but most especially a working woman’s wardrobe.  The collection’s understated elegance is predicted to resonate across women of all ages and cultures.  A true testament to UNIQLO’s global fashionability.

The new IDLF collection just hit stores and will be available at UNIQLO SM Megamall, SM Aura and Glorietta 5. Get a first look at some of the clothes here:

Did you like anything from this collection? And what do you think of Ines de la Fressange? Check out the special website for the collection:



Any comments, my dear?