Uniqlo welcomes the cold weather

Japan’s most ubiquitous fashion label takes winter clothing in style, writes Aznim Ruhana Md Yusup.

WINTER is coming! On the global fashion calendar that is, not in actual fact here in tropical Malaysia. But that’s not stopping fashion brands from releasing seasonal clothing and adapting it to local preferences.

Uniqlo, for example, used to bring its Heattech innerwear only during the autumn/winter fashion season at year end, which are the Northern hemisphere’s cold months.

But the thermal clothing collection is now available all-year round to cater to Malaysians travelling to the Southern hemisphere in mid-year.

The Japanese label recently unveiled its LifeWear autumn/winter 2018 collection at a special presentation in Subang.

It includes seasonal staples such as colourful puffer jackets from the Ultra Light Down collection, as well as seamless ones that offer extra protection against wind, rain and snow.

Classic wool coats with hoodies are also available for those not inclined towards the bulk of puffer jackets, while there’s plenty of knitwear too, in cotton, fleece, wool and cashmere. The flannel shirt — another winter staple — makes a return as well.

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Overall, the women’s wear is designed in an oversized, almost slouchy silhouette, giving the clothes a relaxed feel. The men’s selection is more streamlined and cut closer to the body. Colours are mostly dark or neutral but with pops of vibrant red, yellow and purple that help the wearer stand out from the crowd.

Meanwhile, Uniqlo’s most exciting collaboration — in my opinion anyway — is the one with French designer Christophe Lemaire called Uniqlo U. It returns for autumn/winter with basics such as sweaters and trousers in updated cuts and more quality fabrics.

The Hana Tajima modest wear line offers subtle colours, loose silhouettes and options for layering, with a particular focus towards travel gear this season. For autumn/winter, it’s releasing a stylish trench coat with Uniqlo’s Blocktech technology, making it windproof and water repellent.

Among the items from the Ines De La Fressange collection are corduroy skirts and jackets, as well as tops in floral and polka dot prints. These will be available in children’s sizes too, which is a first for the Ines range, so parents can dress their children in the classic French country style, too.

These items and more will start making its way to Uniqlo’s 46 stores nationwide beginning August. The pieces will also be available for purchase online and through the Uniqlo app.