Mimi ON Mar 20, 2014 AT 9:42 am

by Annie Vischer

Inès de la Fressange

Inès de la Fressange

It’s nearly upon us! The launch of the much anticipated fashion collaboration between ex model and fashion figure Inès de la Fressange and Uniqlo. Look out for its launch into stores on the 20th March.

Inès de la Fressange, full name Inès Marie Lætitia Églantine Isabelle de Seignard de La Fressange (don’t worry, I won’t make you remember that) was the first model to sign an exclusive contract with Chanel in the 1980s, becoming one of Karl Lagerfeld’s infamous muses. She is revered amongst the fashion set as part of its elegant aristocracy, and in 2011 she hit the runway once more at the age of 54 for Chanel’s SS11 show.

I have always had a glow of admiration for Inès de la Fressange and her Parisian style. An interview with her was one of the first that I transcribed as a fashion magazine intern, and I remember being completely caught up in the musical lilt of her French accented words as she laughed and became overly modest about her involvement in the worlds of fashion and beauty.

The interview came on the eve of the publication of her book Parisian Chic and so the inevitable questions about her style and clothing were put to her. Inès recounted  a love of oversized men’s navy cashmere sweaters, paired with white jeans and ballet pumps. That evening I popped into Zara on my way home from work to pick up a pair of white skinnies, scheduled in a visit to my parents’ home in the country to raid my father’s wardrobe for navy jumpers, and scoured the French Sole site for my favourite pair to add to my birthday list. I was well and truly in the throws of a fashion crush.

Inès de la Fressange’s latest venture brings her style a little closer to my door in her new range for Uniqlo. The collaboration reportedly happened after Uniqlo‘s design director Naoki Takizawa spotted her wearing some of the brand’s own designs. Her appreciation for classic silhouettes, elegant use of colour and Parisian simplicity make her the perfect accent to Uniqlo‘s penchant for basics.

The range is due to reach stores in March and will feature accessories, jewellery and glasses as well as the new clothing designs. My father’s navy jumpers are looking a tad worse for wear by now, so I personally can’t wait to have a new de la Fressange approved pool of clothing designs to dip into. Yet another reason to look forward to spring. Hurry away winter, I have some Parisian inspired shopping to do! Vite, vite! Take a look at a short video below (partly in French) where Ines explains her range. She insists it is not just a collection designed to attract the press, but something that has grown organically and really fuses well. Scroll further down for a sneak peak at some of the items coming soon this month.


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