Ines de la Fressange + Uniqlo

12/03/2014

Ines de la Fressange designs a collection for Uniqlo
The stylish truth of building a perfect wardrobe is that you have to have at least a few basics that can be mixed and match with everything else and, ideally, last for quite a few years without looking old-fashioned, frumpy, boring and, how should I put it nicely, worn out...

Personally I love my basics... They give me a firm and constant reassurance that however I choose to put them together, the result will look good, feel wonderful and allow me to remain myself in any situation.

Ironically, it is always the simplest things that are the most difficult to come by... First of all, the search itself... In times when most are interested in trends, the basics get pushes away in the farthest corner if there's even one. Sometimes they become forgotten completely...

And if I do find something I like, I always, always check the quality before I make my decision - it would break my heart to see my new favourite fade away after the first wash or because I chose to wear it all the time (which happens often) and keep for several years (I don't shop much as you can tell by now).

And next comes the ever so slightly hair-moving question of the price - a subject that, frankly, deserves a post of its own, especially when a certain t-shirts or barely there something end up costing like a small car - honestly, why-oh-why?

To my delight there are brands that offer collections that tick every box on my list. Uniqlo is one of them. It's a destination I really like and visit whenever I need a few good quality basics to wear at home, a great classic shirt or a bit of cashmere. Their jeans are meant to be great, too, but I haven't got to try them yet.

Last autumn Uniqlo announced that they were collaborating with Ines de la Fressage on a collection of basic and very Parisian clothes and accessories to include several pieces that can be personalised according to everyone's unique style. Ah, my heart sang a happy song! Having been in love with Ines's previous work with La Redoute, I imagined that there would be at least one shirt dress and a few nice trousers and jackets, too.... And I was not disappointed.

The collection turned out to be beautiful! There are several shirt dresses, blouses, shirts, trousers, jackets, hats, accessories that are wonderfully made and very reasonably priced. The clothes are divided between four styling ideas including playful and timeless Petite Parisienne, very classic and refined Blue Blank Parisienne, relaxed and comfortable Souffle de Parisienne and chic Note Parisienne and retail at £9.90 for scarves and tank-tops, £29.90 for cotton shirts, £39.90 for silk (!!!) blouses, £39.90 for long shirt dresses with the coat being most expensive at £99 (which is still very-very reasonable).

Here is a list of my favourites, but do go and see them all and pick whatever you like. The collection will be available on-line tomorrow and in stores - a week later.  If you have been planning to add a few well-crafted basics in your wardrobe, this is a perfect opportunity to start.
Ines de la Fressange pour Uniqlo collection, Spring 2014
Photo source: Uniqlo, Madame Le Figaro

40 comments:

  1. This collaboration had escaped me. Thank you for the heads up, Natalia. High quality basics are always the most difficult to find for me, because, just like you, I want to have them for seasons to come and build my wardrobe around them. I love the dress you've picked and I've just checked the site and there are so many items I like.

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    1. I had a feeling you would. Honestly, I would buy pretty much everything from her collection. :)

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  2. Oh my goodness, Natalia, this post is just what I needed to read - I have been debating whether or not to stop in at Uniqlo while in Paris (so much to do and so little time, after all) but knowing this collection is available, I will have to! I'm such a fan of Ines and her style, the pieces look wonderful.
    xox,
    Cee

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    1. It will be in shops on 20 March and on-line until then. Hope you will get a chance to have a good browse. :)
      x

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  3. Доброе утро,Наташенька!
    Какое чудесное утреннее послание от fashionedbylove в блоге!:)))
    Чудесное настроение,свежесть и понимание стиля ....
    Вместе с утренним фруктовым коктейлем Ваш пост создал отличное настроение для нового дня!
    Я очень давно наблюдаю Иннес де да Фрессанч с таким искренним наслаждением! Потомучто да,это правда настоящий талант уметь создавать образ и стиль который не заслоняет имидж и личность самой женщины....
    Спасибо снова и снова за светлое настроение!

    Мысленно обнимаю Вас,
    Виолетта:)

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    1. Spasibo za takoe zamechatel'noe i teploe soobchenie! x

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  4. oh my! i love love ines! so glad she did a collection for uniqlo.would definitely check that out. i do hope it's available in our country. starting google search now. thanks for this! :)

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    1. You don't really need google for that - it's all on their website. :) Just check the bottom of the homepage. x

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  5. wow i love ines !!
    so great and cool post
    thanks about your visit
    kisss

    www.thechicmode.com

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  6. I completely agree! Every person needs some good basics! And I love that coat!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeatsoles.blogspot.com

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  7. I wish we have that collection here. I love Ines, and the pieces she did seem really so chic and simple, just like her.

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  8. I love your description of favorite wardrobe basics. It is so true...no matter how we put them together...there is always that assurance that it will work and we will feel our best in them.
    I've never actually ordered from Uniqlo but I've browsed many times. Have you purchased anything and are you happy with it?
    XO, Gina

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    1. I've been shopping there for a few years now, since the brand started shipping to the UK. :) So yes, I love their basics like tees and tops as well as trousers (all kinds) and knitwear. It's one of my favourite places to shop, actually. x

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  9. I've heard of Uniqlo! Often through the collaborations they take part in. It's wonderful. So many great pieces.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  10. Amazing classic collections!
    Alessia
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    Kiss

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  11. I was really curious when I hears about Fressange is making a collection! And look at it! It's so chic and classy! Perfect for everyday.

    ♥ www.sugarpopfashion.com ♥

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  12. Very nice combo. I didn´t hear about the collaboration. :)
    Fashion Happenss

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  13. I like her too but havent heard of this collaborations. You made me think that my closet still needs of some basics, the collection already looks beautiful and totally in her style. Kisses! xo

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  14. her style is so chic! a perfect testimonial and collaboration!

    ciao

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  15. I didn't know about this collaboration and I have to say that I like her sober style. I totally agree with you on what you say about basics!
    Thanks for your visit, dear! Let's keep in touch!
    Oriana

    www.stylexis.com

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  16. oh the hat is so elegant!:) I should definitely buy more basic fashion pieces!

    www.Lorietta.cz

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  17. I love her and her chic style! Thanks for telling me about the collaboration, I didn´t know about it. xo Caroline

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  18. I love these gorgeous pieces. That dress is just stunning!

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  19. wow, thanks for sharing that, I have to see if it's available where I live. I couldn't agree more about the basics ;)

    xoxo

    http://thestylemaze.blogspot.com/

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  20. I'm definitely looking forward to checking out this collection. I've long been a fan of her easy chic style and it certainly looks as if that has translated to this collaboration.

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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  21. Я уже так давно мечтаю подобрать себе такие вот базовые вещи, но каждый раз в магазинах у меня разбегаются глаза и я приобретаю что-то бестолковое. Плащ, шляпа и рубашка просто гениальны)

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  22. Really nice selection. Nice to meet you!
    Un abbraccio,
    Eva e Valentina the anarCHIC

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  23. I totally agree on everything you said about basics!

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  24. (; Reb, xoxo.

    * Fammi sapere cosa ne pensi del post che ho appena pubblicato:
    http://www.toprebel.com/2014/03/ora-che-finisce-il-carnevale-ritorni-un.html

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  25. This looks like a fab collaboration. I'm missing loads of 'basics' in my closet!

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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  26. I haven't heard about the collection but I love the color and the collection here!

    http://www.attraction2fashion.com

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  27. The simplest truly can be the most difficult to find. Love these picks.
    New follower :)
    xo Annie
    New England Romance

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  28. very nice :)

    http://sbr-fashion-fashion.blogspot.com/

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  29. I like the dress that you posted. And the hat.

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  30. Beautiful collection of basics and clean lines. I'm not super impressed however hands up it's done very well.

    Xx

    Alexandra

    www.fashion-bridge.blogspot.com

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  31. love the color ! xx
    www.ambifashion.com

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  32. I also believe that good basics are the essential foundation to any wardrobe. Will have to stop by Uniqlo when I get back to Singapore…

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