The first images that came into my head when I woke this morning, from a lovely dream, was the +J collection that I had the privilege to see yesterday @ Uniqlo, on 311 Oxford Street. It was the one year anniversary of Jil Sanders' creative collaboration with Uniqlo, and the launch of her A/W 2010 collection, her third with them.
Don't know if it was the collective, global joy from the Chilean miners' successful rescue (I mean, how long has it been since the world has seen such a happy ending to a story?), or the beautiful way the store is laid out - these giant stylish photographs dominate the back half of the ground floor, gazing serenely down on her clean palette of black, white, navy, camel, and taupe. Or maybe it was just the energy of this happy, stylish crowd, here to support Jil Sanders, intensely focused and hell bent to clean out the collection before lunch. (It opened to the public at 10:00 a.m. and I arrived shortly after, and it was pretty insane). In any case, yesterday was one of those magic days for me, and I just can't fit it all into one post, but this is a start.
Jil can't say this, but I can: for anyone on the planet who doesn't already know this, the Jil Sander line is not designed by her. She now ONLY designs for Uniqlo, on the +J line. It's good value for money, great design, and I personally want to support her efforts. I get the sense other people feel the same way. We've seen all too often how brilliantly creative people get in a situation where they no longer own their own name, and that's wrong, wrong, wrong.
This collection wants me to live in a modern, glass home. It makes me want to give all my worldly goods to charity and have a simple, minimal, clean life: just a few clean, well made items: crisp white shirts, camel coats, navy jumpers, black trousers. If only this woman made shoes!
Actually, she says it best herself, and more succinctly. It's like haiku: I bet it would even fit in a tweet:
Her clothes are available for men and women in select UK stores, including of course the Oxford Street branch, and online: www.uniqlo.com. I have seen the future, and it is good.