Details are scarce right now, but the collaboration is likely to follow in the footsteps of the original J+ line that ran from 2009 - 2011 with angular wool outerwear, cashmere cardigans, and technical fabric parkas.
A highlight from the original collaboration which we'd love to see return is the J+ white button-down shirt. The deceptively simple Uniqlo essential was elevated with hallmarks of Sander's design instincts such as a hidden button placket, matching tailored body panels, and a slightly roomier cut in the back, for a boxy yet, elegant profile. A return to accessible price points for perfectly-made basics would also be welcome in the current climate.
As Sander explains in an interview with Uniqlo, "All periods have their essentials, the late nineteenth century had the corset, the hippies of the sixties had blue jeans. Today it’s almost impossible to speak of essentials, since we wear nothing but these."
Japanese clothing behemoth Uniqlo — perhaps more known for recent collabs with pop culture institutions such as Sailor Moon and Super Mario — may well be reviving the classic high street x designer collaboration model for FW20.
Sanders also shared her thoughts on the fashion zeitgeist and the simple but undervalued function of clothing to simply make us look better than we already do, "Today, we have e-commerce, bloggers, Instagram and much more. Social media is a great motor for the fashion industry. Fashion experienced a resurrection online, albeit with different rules. Yet, I feel that we need more critical discourse online to differentiate between flashy looks and designs that actually improve the looks of real human beings."