The piece: Uniqlo Warm Lined Long Skirt
The price: $30
Why we want it: Consider this your secret weapon to staying toasty on even the most bitterly cold Winter days. Classically quilted on one side, lined in soft fleece on the other (yes, it's reversible!), this skirt is essentially like wearing your two favorite coats at the same time. Get ready to make the dead of Winter your most stylish time of the year.
Preppy style is all about simplicity and polish — and our holiday gift guide is sure to impress that traditional person on your list. Shop our chic picks featuring timeless classic style, like J.Crew's après-ski-inspired knit sweater, Tory Burch's wear-everywhere nude ballet flats, and Everlane's beautiful wool Scottish scarves. We're also eyeing striped throws from Lacoste, Ralph Lauren's initialed phone cases, and Jo Malone's vintage, floral-scented candles.
The cold weather is telling you to bust out those very necessary puffer coats. Update yours with our top Winter picks featuring cute and cozy options that won't leave you looking like the Michelin Man. The newest, slimmed-down styles from high-performance brands like Moncler, Uniqlo, and Mackage will keep you just as cozy — but without the bulk. Flatter your figure in Burberry's belted silhouettes, or add a little glamour to your look in fur trimmed jackets from Vince and Zara.
Uniqlo will get a heavy dose of Parisian chic in March 2014 when it launches a collaboration with ultimate French style icon Inès de la Fressange. Her career in fashion has been wildly varied, but de la Fressange served as muse and creative collaborator on the collection, which is meant to serve as an "ideal wardrobe."
She was involved with every detail, down to the fittings, and her French flair shows in the easy but exacting chicness of the clothes. In a release, she says: "An interesting aspect about fashion is that by changing a few centimeters, or millimeters, one transforms the garment. And the more one talks about the 'basics,' and pieces that are easy to wear, the greater the importance of the subtleties that professionals in the business can bring."
After all, de la Fressange quite literally wrote the book on how to dress like a Frenchwoman. Her 2011 tome Parisian Chic: A Style Guide includes advice on everything from how to wear sequined sweaters to the cautionary statement, "Beware of good taste."
De la Fressange confesses to being a fan of the brand ("I often go to Uniqlo during my lunch break"), but what qualifies her to take on such a collaboration? She was once a model and muse to Karl Lagerfeld during his early years at Chanel. (They had a falling out in the early '90s but have since patched things up.) At 56, she can still be seen walking the runway every now and again — most notably for Jean Paul Gaultier in 2009 and Chanel in 2010. For the past 10 years, de la Fressange has worked as a consultant to Roger Vivier, perhaps the most French of all French shoe brands, and since 2011, she's been a spokeswoman for L'Oréal.
Something about plaid flannel feels seasonally appropriate right about now — and it doesn't hurt that it adds another helpful layer to combat the Winter chill. The button-down is one of the most democratic pieces in the fashion sphere, working on every type of girl, in every type of closet. Dress it up or dress it down — either way, you'll be looking good. Shop our favorite styles here, with picks starting at $27.
The retailer on Monday introduced a line of women's clothing that puts the spotlight on the designers' ability to mix prints. Specifically, this collection of sleeveless shirts, t-shirts, tank tops, dresses, skirts, and jeans will combine stripes and florals with a distinctly East-meets-West feeling.
"The inspiration for the collection was Japanese Americana — taking something that felt distinctly American and then mixing it up in a Suno way," Beatty said. "We wanted to create something sweet, straightforward, and easy."
The collaboration will retail from $20 to $40. Shop some of the pieces here in the gallery.
- Karl Lagerfeld photographed Cara Delevingne for the cover of Plastic Dreams' Winter 2013 issue. [Yahoo! News]
- Kimberly Ovitz says that 3D printing may revolutionize the way brands handle supply and demand. [The Business of Fashion]
- Tennis star Novak Djokovic is set to appear in his first ad campaign for Uniqlo after becoming brand ambassador last year. [WWD]
- Christie Brinkley may join the cast of The View. [Styleite]
- Could Kate Spade outpace J.Crew? Some insiders think so. [Racked]
- Natalia Vodianova will receive the Inspiration Award at this year's DVF Awards ceremony. [Style.com]
- Karin Gregersen has been named the new president of Vince. [WWD]
- This is what it would look like if nostalgic childhood cartoons like Doug, My Little Pony, and Pokémon collaborated with designers. [Lucky]
Other retailers may have temporarily sworn off collaborations, but Uniqlo's latest partnership just hit stores. The Japanese brand teamed up with Celia Birtwell, who created many of the iconic prints designer Ossie Clark used in the '60s and '70s. Starting today, some of Birtwell's archival prints are available on everything from t-shirts to pajama pants, all priced between $10 and $40.
"I've spent my life designing textiles so I have quite a big archive," Birtwell, 71, said in an interview with Vogue UK. "I was able to go through the library and reference certain moments. When I met the people from Uniqlo Japan, we went through the sketchbooks and reference files together and they hooked into the designs they liked. I then developed those selected specifically for Uniqlo."
But Birtwell didn't just reserve her prints for clothes and accessories. For a limited time, shoppers who buy any two items from the collaboration will get 20 nail strips featuring the designs, as well as a nail file and a manicure stick. A look at all of the pieces here in the gallery.
Photo courtesy of Uniqlo
"We drew inspiration from the look of Karen Walker collections and with a little help from my 5-year-old, Valentina, we picked out some of our beloved signature styles such as frill hem sweatshirt dresses and boat pants and restyled them for kids," Karen Walker said of her line. "As a brand with working parents in the team, we wanted to create a fun and spirited kids' collection that used high quality utility fabrics and would be kid-friendly and a great price."
Pieces will start at $16, and the collection will be in stores on June 3. In the meantime, get your fix for the affordable, adorable Uniqlo Kids line here!