Ines de la Fressange designs a men's range for a high street giant
When you're born in France with the name Inès Marie Lætitia Églantine Isabelle de Seignard de La Fressange, it's unlikely you're going to spend your life as an accountant for a plumbing supply business in an industrial park on the outskirts of Roubaix.
After shortening the old name so that you don't need an A3 sheet for your business card, you become Inès de La Fressange, described in her wiki entry as: "model, aristocrat, style icon, fashion designer and perfumer". And just by the by, "she was named to the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1998".
Now, being the fashion forward reader that you are, you've probably already heard of "le Fressange" - a term we just made up but sounds appropriately Gallic. Chances are, however, your boyfriend or husband wouldn't know if Inès de La Fressange was a Tahitian resort, the French rugby fullback or the hottest dish on Parisian menus - "we serve it for 100 Euro Âû jus with a side of Inès de La Fressange."
That's about to change as her street-chic collaborations with Uniqlo have for the first time expanded to include a men's capsule collection. And boy, does it rock. In addition to elegantly cut shirts and monochromatic knitwear, what we're really digging on are the trousers and jackets in muted colours where the emphasis is on texture.
A couple of must-haves stand out. The first is a tweed jacket that is equally at home in Montmartre or Melbourne. Look carefully and you'll see that both the collar and the pockets feature rounded edges which have a more laid back effect than the traditional square options. You can complete the look by turning back the cuffs to reveal the contrast pin stripe lining. Team with a white tee and faded jeans and you're done. Not bad for $149.90.
Another piece worth considering is the $99 wool-blend pants in navy. The central crease straddles the smart-casual divide, it's a nice change from the khaki chino onslaught and can be dressed up or down according to the occasion. Merci Ines.
For more information, go to uniqlo.com.au
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