Sunday, October 11, 2015

Uniqlo and Lemaire

Just when I was starting to get bored with Uniqlo (I find the last few seasons have been so disappointing, especially spring and summer 2015), they suddenly come back with something exciting. Just by chance I stumbled upon the latest collaboration, this time with French designer Christophe Lemaire. He used to be an artistic director at Hermès, and now has his own label Lemaire.

Just like his brand's designs, the Uniqlo x Lemaire collaboration is all about clean and sleek lines, cashmere blends, minimalist designs and elegant pieces. I seriously wanted to buy everything, but thankfully the growing bump gave me a bit of self control. I did get a soft wool cardigan (which is on my list for the bébé's arrival and hospital stay so it almost doesn't count as a purchase…) and black cashmere blend coat, which will fit me now and after. The pricing is super affordable too, considering the materials and stitching details, equally impressive in the men's section.

It's my all-time favourite collaboration, and it's already pretty much sold out everywhere in the world, such as in Tokyo, Paris and NYC. The Japanese online shop and some lesser-known store locations do have a lot left now. I especially love the coats and cardigans, but I'm not sure how the jumpers and dresses would fit. You can view the entire collection here.

Last autumn, I also liked the urban sweats collaboration with Alexandre Plokhov, and I wore and re-wore every single item (and still will when I can fit in them again!). I will undoubtedly wear every Lemaire piece for a long time.

As for my pregnancy shopping days, I have everything I need thanks to ASOS and Uniqlo (stylish maternity lifesavers if you're in Japan) and I'm ready for the cold days. I really enjoyed dressing my pregnant body, I feel like I kept wearing similar outfits as usual, only with a growing belly. I feel so lucky. I look back and laugh at the days in summer when I thought my stretchy tunics would fit me throughout the whole pregnancy, how naive was I- I think investing in some maternity pieces is really important, as everything now looks like a mini dress on me. It's amazing how quickly the body changes, and I'm quite tempted to reach for the leggings and sweatshirts at this point!

From now on I'll be focusing on different kinds of collections, which are just as exciting, but a whole lot tinier and cuter. It's a whole new world, I barely know where to start, but I'll figure it out… like everything else.

33 weeks...