by Nakia P. Thomas
September 9

If it isn’t obvious already, designer collaborations of the hi-lo variety give me life. Like, so much life. Not only are those partnerships savvy business strategy for designers seeking a larger audience, but the democratization of fashion in this manner—wherein everyone along the class spectrum is able to access designer fashions if they choose to do so—is appealing to my egalitarian nature, and to my budget.

Enter Helmut Lang for Uniqlo. The collaboration, pieces of which are featured in the slideshow above, will pair Helmut Lang—known for its monochromatic palette of gray and black—with the casual-wear fabulousness that is Japan’s Uniqlo. The line will be unified by the simplicity that underscores both brands’ aesthetic and will celebrate comfort. Helmut Lang’s contribution to the collaboration is designed by its menswear director, Alexandre Plokhov—who previously founded an eponymous line and who spearheaded the label Cloak back in 1999.

Helmut Lang + Uniqlo | StyleChile | Life, Styled1Helmut Lang for Uniqlo will become available online and in stores beginning September 22 and will include unisex, men’s, women’s and children’s sweats—all in Helmut Lang’s signature black or gray and reflecting a bit of Alexandre’s avant garde approach. The collection is priced from $19.90 to just under $60 at $59.90.

Speaking of Uniqlo, my adopted city of Philadelphia is getting its very first store, which, according to my budget, is located a little too close to my apartment for its taste. As for me, I say: welcome to the neighborhood! I took the iPhone photo below while running errands this past weekend. This Chestnut Street store will open its doors on October 8th.

Uniqlo + Philadelphia | StyleChileFeel free to share your thoughts on the collection  in the comments section below. Let us know your favorite pieces!

Article by Naki

Nakia works as a corporate lawyer for a Fortune 500 company, and as a fashion and lifestyle consultant — providing styling, lifestyle management and concierge services for brands and individuals along the Northeast Corridor, from her home base in New York City via Nakia Thomas Creative. Nakia also provides legal and advisory services to clients in the fashion, art and entertainment industries via Stelle Legal, and appears in that capacity as a cast member in WeTv’s Money.Power.Respect., a docu-series focusing on lawyers in New York City. Nakia is a member of the Board of Directors of Bronx Legal Services, and was previously on an Advisory Board for Moore College of Art & Design. Visit for more information.

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