The French designer Christophe Lemaire collaborates with Japanese retail brand Uniqlo to create this year's Uniqlo U Collection. Lemaire is recognized for his minimal work and muted tones, but the designer takes a bold turn for this series. The pieces are brighter and bolder than his usual works, with incorporation of colors such as yellows, bright neon oranges, and greens. Most of the items in the collection are staple items -- featuring long sleeve shirts, button ups, and trousers in various fabrics and different styles.
The Japanese brand has always been focused on delivering high quality merchandise at a reasonable price -- paying attention to fabric technologies. A stand-out piece from the collection is the down jacket influenced by military wear. It can easily fit into a pouch and is attached to a key ring. Another notable item is the collared cotton shirts that appear to be made of silk -- the fabric used is preventative of sweat stains and have a slit cut for easy styling. The Uniqlo U Collection will be released on the store's online website tonight at 9pm EST and in stores this weekend.