Italian fashion house Marni was once hailed the “most fun brand in fashion” by GQ for its playful take on clothing. One only has to look at the Instagram account of its creative director, Francesco Risso, to see why. Between the photos documenting his eccentric Marni designs, you’ll find regular photos doodled on with an MS paint-like quality to them, Risso (under the username @asliceofbambi) has always managed to keep fashion interesting.
This May, clothing giant Uniqlo has partnered with Marni for their Lifewear clothing collection. Uniqlo is also known for providing the basic building blocks of our wardrobes, so the collaboration came as a surprise for many. But Yukihiro Katsuta, Uniqlo’s Fast Retailing Group Senior Executive Officer and Head of R&D, says that Marni’s “creative vitality” makes sense, producing bold and “innovative LifeWear.”
Risso says, “[T]hroughout the whole process we have always championed Uniqlo’s ethos and the integrity that lies behind the brand’s vision, giving our interpretation of Uniqlo’s LifeWear through a slightly out-of-the-box proposition that combines impeccably crafted clothes with MARNI’s offbeat and life-embracing spirit. I really hope that wearers feel good, that they feel themselves, that they feel free.”
While the collection was designed with the summer season in mind, many pieces are made of lightweight material and are suitable for use in rain, shine, or even the unbearable humidity that we experience in this country. Below are some pieces from the Uniqlo x Marni collection that we think would bode well for the coming months.
Uniqlo x Marni oversized utility jacket
Available in navy blue and green and the Marni gingham print that appears across several pieces from the collection, the structured jacket also has pockets in the front, inside, and back.
Uniqlo x Marni pocketable parka
A spin on this rainy season classic, the Uniqlo x Marni version comes in playful block color combinations that could lighten up an otherwise cloudy day.
Uniqlo x Marni striped crewneck T-shirt
Featuring a relaxed cut, Marni puts a twist on this Uniqlo closet staple with its signature color block designs in bright red, blue, and green hues.
Uniqlo x Marni Socks (Two Pack)
Stripes are a significant design element of this collection. These socks come in blue, pink, and red color block combos.
Uniqlo x Marni Oversized printed open collar short sleeve shirt
The collared shirt is one of the louder pieces from the collection, featuring Marni’s handpainted flower design over a solid navy green background.
Uniqlo x Marni women’s blocktech oversized half coat
For heavier rain days, consider this color block blocktech half coat that comes in an oversized cut and colorful lining.
The collection is available online and in select Uniqlo stores nationwide.