It has been three years since Uniqlo first announced a collaboration with British fashion brand JW Anderson. There's been a continuously consistent aesthetic season after season—quintessentially British silhouettes and classics combined with Uniqlo's deft use of fabric innovations and technologies. Think parkas made from weatherproof fabrics, lightweight and packable outerwear, as well as fine gauge knitwear made from premium wool.
Uniqlo and JW Anderson is in its sixth edition now. With no signs of stopping anytime soon, the collaboration has cemented some key attributes that make Uniqlo and JW Anderson unique from the rest of Uniqlo's rather extensive offerings. Founder and designer Jonathan Anderson's penchant for patchwork combinations of patterns and fabrics, as well as his use of multicoloured stripes, have been recurring motifs since the very first collection but interpreted in different ways each season.
For autumn/winter 2020, the Uniqlo and JW Anderson collection is a continuation of autumn/winter 2019's theme of 'The Great British Outdoors'. But perhaps, given the current climate, it's less about being out in the vast, open space and more about exploring the more immediate confines of the city of London. While 2019's edition took on a utilitarian approach, the latest collection is set to be more urban with simplicity and sleek British dress codes making way for traditional checks and patterns.
The collaboration's winning combination of form and function expanded into kidswear for spring/summer 2020, and will continue for this season as well. The range is just as extensive as the men's and women's categories, involving everything from outerwear to accessories.
Save for the shirts and some of the outerwear in Uniqlo and JW Anderson autumn/winter 2020, the collection is definitely geared towards a colder climate. We may not be travelling leisurely anytime soon, but thankfully, the collection isn't something that's founded on trend-driven pieces—these are meant to be mainstays of one's ever-evolving wardrobe. A miltary-esque coat to keep you warm for upcoming winter vacations the next (at least) five Christmases? Sorted.
The complete Uniqlo and JW Anderson autumn/winter 2020 collection will be available from Friday, 16 October 2020 at Uniqlo Orchard Central as well as uniqlo.com. Selected pieces will be available at Bugis+, Suntec City, JEM, Jewel Changi Airport and VivoCity stores.