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Paris Express — New Uniqlo x Ines de la Fressange Collection Epitomizes Francophile Style

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Like Carine Roifeld and the late Dauphne Guinness, French model Ines de la Fressange has long fascinated fashion designers as well as street style watchers with her distinctively Parisian style: her penchant for perfectly tailored blazers, often cinched at the waist, and ankle-length pants, her flair for layering collared shirts under slouchy sweaters, and her keen eye for mixing prints ranging from polka dots to nautical stripes, houndstooth patterns, gingham, and leopard spots. Part of de la Fressange’s appeal can be credited to the effortless feel of her outfits, and that’s precisely the vibe infused into her new collection for Uniqlo, a brand that prides itself on offering timeless, affordable, minimalist wardrobe staples that hide practical details that ground them in modern times and address the needs of a contemporary clientele.

The Ines de la Fressange for Uniqlo SS16 collection, then, incorporates plenty of separates that can be mixed and matched to style a practically endless array of looks . True to de la Fressange’s personal style, there’s a vast array of button-down shirts — some with rounded Peter Pan collars, others with ruffled stand-up collars, and others classic collared numbers with striped or polka dot motifs. Sweaters and cardigans also abound: from short-sleeved cashmere crewneck sweaters with accent piping along the neckline and cuffs to classic cardigans and V-necks, slouchy open weave pullovers, and cable knit cricket sweaters. There are ankle-length jeans and cotton pants, as well as cuffed shorts, A-line skirts, and relaxed linen bottoms with drawstring closures. And, of course, the collection includes an assortment of blazers, jackets and coats — from a classic double-breasted trench coat with a belted waist to a classic tailored blazer with three front buttons  and a hickory stripe jacket that nods to the uniforms donned by French railroad workers in eras past.

Check out some of the collection highlights in the gallery below!

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