We stopped by Uniqlo last night to check out what's left of the +J fall/winter collection. In honor of Jil Sander's famously-minimalist aesthetic, here's our own spare low-down on the goods:
a) Unlike the first few days, there was no line to get into the cordoned-off section where the special-edition wares—the third collaborative collection between Jil Sander and Uniqlo—were on display, nor was there any sample sale-like frenzied behavior (it's because we were all loaded down with the reading materials we brought for the anticipated line).
b) The store was still rife with offerings from the collection, including jackets, winter coats, crisp-looking indigo denim jeans, and utilitarian button-up shirts.
c) Black and navy are pretty much the only colors you'll have to choose from—not that we didn't love the subtly-sheened navy blue puffer jackets that will keep you toasty without looking like the Michelin Man this season, but if you're looking for something a little more colorful to amp up your wardrobe, you're in the wrong place.
d) Coats and jackets were the key players in the lineup—an awesome assortment from knee-length wool coats to pea-coat styles (regular and cropped) to the puffy (but not too puffy) jackets.
e) Simple, understated details like covered buttons on the blouses and strips of colored fabric peeking out from the jackets' upturned collars leave a quiet but fresh impact.
e) Our favorite piece was a black velvet blazer with a tuxedo-style lapel ($149).
f) Waiting in line to pay for the blazer took about twice as long as it did to find it.