On the heels of its launch last week, we just got all up in Uniqlo’s +J collection for Fall/Winter 2010. Cutting to the chase, as much as we admire what Jil Sander has done will the line, it’s still fundamentally fast fashion…
… Feel the weight of these fabrics, eyeball their thickness, crush them and see how well they regain their shape. We did and quickly concluded that these pieces are unlikely to hold up for more than two seasons.
That said, two pieces stood out, and bordered on genius. Like the +J line itself, the quilted wool jacket with detachable hood raises the bar for all fast fashion. For $270, the utility and craftsmanship is impressive. From a style perspective, the jacket could have blended in seamlessly with Thom Browne’s ’09 Gamme Bleu collection for Moncler. To the touch, however, it’s not as substantial as we’d like, nor does it fit as snuggly as it should. Meanwhile, the real star of the F/W ’10 is the wool/flannel double-breasted Chesterfield coat for $190. Its achingly classic style and modern (fitted) cut make it the coat of the F/W season — every F/W season. Unpressed and pulled right from a shopping bag, its shape and fabric appeared remarkably unfazed. If the material were thicker (and a hair softer), the Chesterfield could easily hold its own in any Marc Jacobs F/W collection.
Uniqlo – 546 Broadway between Prince & Spring – 917-237-8800 – Map
Photography courtesy of Michael Kingsbaker