When word got out about Jil Sander‘s collaboration with Uniqlo, we were excited. The designer, who was first known for her chic office wear for women and then for her edgy minimalist creations, ranks high in sophistication. However, the first few images of +J, her line for the Japanese retailer, are disappointing. Meant to be “classic basics,” the pieces come off as bland and boring. There’s little to covet in this collection of button-downs, sweaters, coats, and pants. The only item that retains a touch of Jil Sander’s contemporary aesthetic is a short, brown waistcoat with a Mandarin collar.
Due out in the fall, +J includes over 100 pieces — so let’s hope the rest of the collection has more flavor. More images after the jump. [Grazia]
Sander’s Uniqlo line features basic button-ups, which look no different than your standard Gap or Old Navy purchase.
A black jacket comes close, but doesn’t deliver the feminine tailoring Jil Sander is known for.