She has been a celebrated stylist, occasional model, muse, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Paris, Global Fashion Director of Harper's Bazaar, street style star and all around fashion cult figure, but Carine Roitfeld will officially become a designer this October when her exclusive capsule collection debuts at Uniqlo flagships around the world. The growing Japanese chain has been looking to France lately for its high profile collaborations including an ongoing line with model turned designer Inès de la Fressange and another, larger Fall collaboration with Christophe Lemaire's label that may potentially continue on further.
But today's news is about Roitfeld, whose distinctive smoky eyed, stiletto-shod style will add a new dimension of high fashion to Uniqlo's egalitarian LifeWear concept. The image above from a recent issue of her own magazine CR Fashion Book, was part of a series of "fantasy ads" for the issue, but also subtle hint of projects to come. Known for wearing sexy often revealing clothing, Roitfeld collaborated with Uniqlo's design director Naoki Takizawa for a collection of over 40 pieces ranging from lingerie to outerwear. “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 tells us in a statement released through CR Fashion Book's website. What the collection will actually include is still being kept under wraps, but Roitfeld hints that it's a safe bet that her signature slim pencil skirt will be featured strongly in the assortment, so stay tuned for more info. We will all be looking forward to seeing how her luxe look can be interpreted in Uniqlo's popular price range without losing its luster.