Thanks to Uniqlo, we've been able to experience once again Jil Sander's enduring fashion legacy marked by her steely focus on minimalism in design. The upcoming +J autumn/winter 2021 collection is set to be the last in Chapter Two of the dialogue between Uniqlo and Sander. While there's no official word if the collaboration will continue for another chapter, we're going to assume that we probably haven't seen the last of the +J collection just yet.
"+J is like a laboratory of the future to me," Sander says. "I am trying to materialise what I feel about the reality around me. I hope to catch vibes, needs and desires and, accordingly, to design fresh appearances, which encourage us to feel renewed and in sync with the living moment."
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In the meantime, the +J autumn/winter 2021 is slated to arrive just in time for winter travels (thank you, Vaccinated Travel Lanes). And perhaps as a reflection of that hopeful light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel situation that we're finding ourselves in, Sander describes this particular collection as one that's hopeful: "We return to social life, but we want to feel protected."
Interpreting classic silhouettes once again, Sander and Uniqlo reworked them in more elevated ways, especially in the fabrications of the collection. Cashmere, extra fine merino wool, habutai silk, and leather are just some of the key materials that give the +J autumn/winter 2021 collection that level of sophistication that we've all come to associate with Sander's work with Uniqlo. Additionally, the collection features the use of polyester satin for a more visible touch of luxe.
"I wanted to put a shine on life and express its preciousness. That's why I worked with a slightly shimmering polyester satin. Our life starts all over again at the hopeful end of the pandemic. We feel sexier and appreciate a sensual feel and look in clothes. Thus, I lifted the quality of basic items onto another level and reworked them in a more luxurious, seductive way," expresses Sander.
Included in the collection is a duo of leather bags. While they're categorised as part of the women's collection, Sander insists that they're designed to be unisex. "Bags are essential items, we consult them as frequently as our smartphones. The main points for me were storage space, handiness, an appealing modern shape and solid, tactile leather. The larger one of the shoppers can replace a briefcase," she says.
The +J autumn/winter 2021 collection launches on 26 November with selected items available on 3 December.