Carine Roitfeld for Uniqlo
Carine Roitfeld is creating a line for Uniqlo.
The former editor of French Vogue has enjoyed many different roles since leaving the publication in January 2011. She's started her own magazine called CR Fashion Book and is the global fashion director for Harper's Bazaar.
Now she's starting something new, with Uniqlo confirming the Carine Roitfeld Collection will be available worldwide from the end of October.
"[Carine is a] charismatic fashion editor and influential figure in the fashion world,” Tadashi Yanai, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Uniqlo parent Fast Retailing Co. Ltd., told WWD. "[This shows our aim] to create everyday clothing that is functional, comfortable and reasonably priced."
The pieces are for autumn and will be available in flagship stores. There are 40 items in the line, taking in everything from lingerie to outerwear, and at the moment the price isn't known.
Carine is renowned for her polished personal style, favouring tailored items such as pencil skirts, chic shirts and slim-fitting trousers.
"[I] started from the idea of clothes that I would want to wear myself, and developed this into clothes that anyone would want to wear, a woman’s ideal of clothes that make her feel transformed when she wears them," she explained.
The collection will be branded under the company's LifeWear label, which features all kinds of clothes such as leggings, fleeces and silk items.
Carine worked on the pieces alongside Uniqlo design director Naoki Takizawa, who believes they will be a huge hit. Apart from anything, the team believe Carine's unique eye and encyclopaedic knowledge of the world's best fashion houses will stand her in good stead.
"Carine goes to see collections all around the world and the visuals that emerge from this relentless pursuit of leading-edge fashion have had a tremendous influence on the fashion industry,” Takizawa explained. “The clothing depicted in these fresh and innovative visuals, produced with the fashion world’s most influential creators, seems somehow triumphant.”