Uniqlo x Inès de la Fressange heads to Montmartre, introduces childrenswear for the first time

Fall/winter 2018

Text: Andrea Sim

Inès de la Fressange digs deep into the heart of Paris for her tenth Uniqlo collection

We haven't called upon the fable of the tortoise and the hare since our childhood days, but here we must for the proverb it exemplifies so succinctly encapsulates Uniqlo and Inès de la Fressange's partnership. Look at any of her collections alone. They're simple in design, meant to stand the test of time, and they'll take the backseat to that of buzzier tie-ups like J.W.Anderson. It should then be noted that de la Fressange isn't about pursuing the fireworks. She's about going at it slow and steady, which is why this season, her tenth for the brand, feels ceremonial; it's a milestone of a collaboration that's garnered a loyal audience over the years. 

The heart of the vibrant and artsy Parisian neighbourhood Montmartre (circa the '20s) imbue fall 2018's garments. It's in plain sight with the fabrics and patterns; Prince of Wales check, corduroy and speckled knitwear leave little unsaid. The maverick spirit of the locale, also evident in de la Fressange venturing off her beaten path of classics with slouchy, mannish tailoring for ladies; punchy pops of yellow and orange; and a distinctive insouciance in the sprinkling of fringe detailing.  

Having introduced pyjamas in her last collection (spring/summer 18), fall 2018 marks another first as kidswear is to complement the adult's selection this time around: a range of fuss-free staples doused in autumnal hues of burnt orange, mustard and sand to satiate the little ones. 

Browse a selection of the womenswear range: 

Browse a selection of the kidswear range:

Available at Uniqlo's flagship store located at Orchard Central in Singapore, and online at From 31 August.


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