>> Longtime Style Bubble readers will know about my Uniqlo fixation, dating back to when the brand first landed on these shores to provide me with the eye-soothing layers that would balance out the cray. Their design collaborations have always erred on the side of unexpected – from Undercover’s Jun Takahashi to Carine Roitfeld to J.W. Anderson to the latest announcement of Tomas Maier, who will work on Uniqlo’s Life Wear concept. Marimekko though is the latest collaborator to apply their Finnish flair prints to a special edition Uniqlo Life Wear collection, and is a design house that makes the most immediate on-paper sense. Employing its arsenal of iconic prints with names such as Tilkkutakki (rainbow triangular quilting), Kukkia Rakkaalle (an arrangement of flowers and butterflies) and Pompula (abstract flower pots), they grace oversized shift dresses, boxy tees and wide-legged cropped trousers. In other words, for people like me who can’t just leave things alone, it’s a collection ripe for weaving over and under the existing wardrobe. I got to play around with the collection a little in Hong Kong right when it was on the cusp of getting into its humid season and back in London, I loved mixing up the prints with each other – especially the polle polka dot and my personal print stand-out, the multi-coloured hundreds-and-thousands inspired Nonparelli. For the print-shy, my summer bet is on the array of drawstring gymsacks, so I get to relive my school days when all the cool kids at school had logo-ed nylon baggies on their back as a badge of sport-ish honour.
Uniqlo x Marimmeko Pompula print dress worn with Marc Jacobs floral dress and Balenciaga boots
Uniqlo x Marimmeko Nonparelli t-shirt and backpack worn with Y/Project hoodie and PWSL trousers
Uniqlo x Marimekko Polle navy dress and slip-ons worn with ShuShu/Tong sweater
Uniqlo x Marimekko Kukkia Rakkaalle print top and trousers worn with Molly Goddard dress and Joshua Sanders trainers
Uniqlo x Marimekko Nonparelli dress, Polle cropped trousers and slip-ons worn with Celine neon yellow top and Nike socks
This post is part of a partnership with Uniqlo UK