Global apparel retailer UNIQLO launched Uniqlo U Spring/Summer 2021 collection in India. Designed by Artistic Director Christophe Lemaire and his UNIQLO R&D team in Paris, the spring/summer collection marks the 10th season of Uniqlo U and features sophisticated essentials with a sense of lightness and freedom after a long winter spent indoors. Earthy neutrals mix with bright hues, evoking a feeling of nature’s renewal. Modern living calls for clothing with simplicity and purpose. Versatile, practical essentials are more important than ever. The line-up includes 36 items for women, 35 items for men and, new to Uniqlo U this season, 9 items for kids.
New for women
Clean, minimal silhouettes and easy-care fabrics. Light, airy wovens are made from viscose and cotton-poly blends, and seamless 3D knits feature summery yarns. The semi-sheer shirt returns in classic men’s stripes. Denim makes a strong impression, with regular-fit jeans in a clean straight cut. A shiny rayon tunic and dresses showcase fluidity and soft colours. A skirt in cotton twill flares out in a new A-line silhouette, while coats are cut shorter for easy bicycle commutes.
New for men
Essential, functional, and durable pieces are designed with practicality and utility; simple styles are rooted in archetypal men’s shapes. Fabrics are focused on wovens that age well like classic cotton poplin and twill, and 3D knits feature a fresh linen-cotton blend. The Uniqlo U T-shirt comes in customer-favourite stripes and a new boat neck. Work pants are in a complementary earthy tone. A trucker jacket and regular-fit jeans create a tone-on-tone look.
New to Uniqlo U this season: Kids’ styles
Drawn from archival favourites, dresses, T-shirts and shorts were scaled down to child sizes. The collection gives kids of all ages the opportunity to experience the joys of dressing well, with simply sophisticated yet comfortable styles in refined fabrics for every day.
UNIQLO R&D Centers
Uniqlo U is a collection of “Future LifeWear Essentials.” The world-class designers and patternmakers in the Paris design team reimagine everyday clothing using innovative materials and new, contemporary silhouettes. Each season is designed with the highest precision and in pursuit of a simplified, modern wardrobe. UNIQLO RD Centers are places for experimentation, spaces to try new ideas, innovate and create. The Paris RD Center complements other UNIQLO RD Centers in Tokyo, Shanghai, New York, and Los Angeles.
Christophe Lemaire has been designing his namesake collection since 1991. He has also served as Artistic Director of Lacoste and Artistic Director of women’s ready-to-wear at Hermès. In 2015, he partnered with UNIQLO, resulting in the UNIQLO AND LEMAIRE collaboration collections for Fall/Winter 2015 and Spring/Summer 2016. Christophe Lemaire was appointed Artistic Director of the UNIQLO Paris RD Center in 2016, where he and his handpicked team of designers create the Uniqlo U collection.