Check into the Comfort Inn with the UNIQLO x Velvet by Graham & Spencer Summer 2012 Collection
Coziness, versatility, and comfort have always been guiding principles for designers Jenny Graham and Toni Spencer, the duo behind LA-based brand Velvet by Graham & Spencer. By teaming up with Japanese retailer UNIQLO once again, Spencer and Graham are making their easy-to-wear pieces available at substantially lower price points. The UNIQLO x Velvet by Graham & Spencer Summer 2012 collection, then, focuses on basics that can be integrated into anyone’s wardrobe and styled in a bevy of different ways.
The collection includes simple rompers, sleeveless dresses, shorts, tees, blouses, and tanks in breathable fabrics and modern but accessible silhouettes, not to mention crisp shades of white, beige, and brown paired with dynamic pops of turquoise, aqua, yellow, ocean blue, candy apple red, and paprika orange. Only two pieces from the collection are currently available at Uniqlo.com, both pictured above in their different colorways, but expect to see additional styles added within the next few days. In the meantime, you can stop by one of the three UNIQLO stores in Manhattan (at 546 Broadway, 666 Fifth Avenue, or 31 West 34th Street) to view the entire collection, which ranges in price from $12.90 for tanks to $19.90 for tees, and $29.90 for dresses and bottoms.
As for the two pieces available online, we’re loving the UNIQLO x Velvet Short Sleeve Big T-Shirt ($19.90 at Uniqlo.com) — pictured above in red, royal blue, teal green, and white — a loose-fitting piece with a deep scoop neck, 3/4-length sleeves with elasticized cuffs and an asymmetrical hemline that drapes lower at the sides and back, giving the top movement and swing.
For a more slim-fitting number, check out the UNIQLO x Velvet Striped V-Neck Tee ($19.90 at Uniqlo.com), which features a defined V-shaped neckline with sloping sides for more of a feminine flair (as opposed to the harsh slanting lines on many a V-neck tee) and short sleeves with rounded arm holes that yield more of a body conscious silhouette.