Hana Tajima's fall/winter collection for Uniqlo is not at all what we expected

Hana Tajima's fall/winter collection for Uniqlo is not at all what we expected

Tweaks ahead

Text: Jolene Khor

Her high necklines and low hemlines are met with clever hidden details

"I wanted to celebrate the flows of life from dawn to dusk, light to dark, and fall to winter. That is why the pieces showcase transitions in emotions, nature and in light," said New York-based, British-born designer Hana Tajima on her umpteenth collection with Uniqlo. It would appear that she practices modesty in all areas of her life.

Like her past work, the fall/winter 2018 line was designed for women preferring the conservative approach to dressing. Shaking off some of nips and tucks of seasons past, the soft blouses, pencil trousers and full skirts here are more streamlined than ever. This is not code for 'boring' or (God forbid) 'simple'. Where Tajima holds back on shapeshifting, she pours into nature prints, spotted most prominently on a silky square stole and a gold wrap dress with oriental overtones.

Her penchant for subtlety is on point too. There's a double face jacket in the mix — in black and tan — sly with distinct piping, a detail also applied on a long trench-like coat. We don't remember the last time we've seen a cotton bomber with blown up hidden lapels either. And that's just the outerwear. Peruse the rest of her offerings, below:

Hana Tajima x Uniqlo fall/winter 2018 will be available online and at the Orchard Central flagship from 17 August.

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