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Carine Roitfeld is adding designer to her long list of impressive achievements.
The former editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris announced a unique collaboration with Japanese retail giant Uniqlo on Thursday morning, for which she helped design a collection for the brand’s LifeWear shop.
Roitfeld, who is a style icon in her own right, told WWD that her inspiration for the line, “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.” The approximately 40-piece collection will vary from “lingerie to coats,” though prices have yet to be disclosed.
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Her several ongoing projects, including her work as both the editor-in-chief of her self-named magazine, CR, as well as her position as global fashion director of Harper’s Bazaar, made her the ideal candidate for the collaboration, according to Uniqlo design director Naoki Takizawa. “Carine goes to see collections all around the world, and the visuals that emerge from this relentless pursuit of leading-edge fashion have had a tremendous influence on the fashion industry,” he told the daily of Roitfeld.
With a massive international expansion in progress, Uniqlo’s continued collaborations with a high-fashion powerhouses, which include Jil Sander and Christophe Lemaire in addition to Roitfeld, could be just what the retailer needs to fulfill its own goal of becoming “the world’s number one apparel manufacturer.”
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