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J.W. Anderson x Uniqlo collection is here and this is why you should get in quickly

J.W. Anderson x Uniqlo collection is here and this is why you should get in quickly

Classic British clothing might not be words that ring out immediately as synergetic with the Australian lifestyle, but it’s a design ethos we all have hanging in our wardrobes. Trench coats? Yes. Tailored separates? Essentials. Cable knits? What would a cool spring night be without one? Lucky now you can update the gamut with the launch of a collaboration that sees Jonathan Anderson of J.W. Anderson lend his design prowess to Japanese retailer Uniqlo.

“It ended up me kind of, in a weird way, designing for myself for the first time, which I never normally do,” the creative director told Vogue in London a few months ago. This means in place of Anderson’s usual unexpected pastiches for his own label, there are pragmatic and refined classics like extra fine merino wool jumpers, shirting and light weight t-shirts in versatile colour ways.

It came from a thinking that, bombarded with imagery every day in the digital age, it is refreshing to pare back. Hence primary colours sit alongside neutrals in the 33-piece collection. This along with a trademark Anderson break with convention means he envisages the divide - between the men’s and women’s collection - being bridged. “I’m hoping that people are going to go into Uniqlo and they’re going to buy womenswear and buy something else in the men’s.”

Our picks: the holiday-ready striped cotton ruffle skirt, pinstripe pants and outerwear which will be worth the investment. Duffles, herringbone coats and quilted jackets tap into British heritage pieces, something Anderson consciously looked to; wardrobe cornerstones like tailoring and Fair Isle knits touch on bedrock of British design pioneered in Savile Row and Scotland respectively.

This being Anderson though, they’re not with out a modern bent. The Uniqlo puffer gets a rework in blown up proportions and all-over tartan, trenches are reversible while work pants are a relaxed take on the utilitarian piece.

Two reasons you should be one of the first to get to Uniqlo? It’s launched overseas and we’ve already seen the ruffle skirt on the street style set in London, and bags and bags walking out the door from the label’s Oxford Street London store.

The collection is in store today. To read Vogue’s full interview with Jonathan Anderson, pick up a copy of the November issue, on sale Monday.

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