‘A mirrored image of pleasure’: Francesco Risso on Marni’s new collaboration with Uniqlo

by Editors Staff

Garments that subscribe to the tenets of simplicity, high quality, and longevity can simply be handed over as boring. Not so once they’re within the arms of Francesco Risso, the ebullient artistic director of Marni. When a collaboration between the Italian label and Uniqlo was first mentioned, Risso had already been a long-term fan of the Japanese retailer’s LifeWear staples, particularly the vary of Heattech thermal tops and leggings, ‘as a result of aside from their technicality, they actually expose the road of the physique’, he says.

A second Uniqlo and Marni assortment launches on 1 December 2022 with layering on the core. Popcorn-knit vests, sweaters and balaclavas are available neon inexperienced, orange, and saffron yellow. Gloves and stoles are made in smooth cashmere and mélange knit. 100 per cent silk furoshiki scarves have hand-painted patterns and are edged with a zig-zag sew. Multi-stripe merino clothes are interrupted by black ruched wiggles. 

Uniqlo and Marni Winter 2022

Uniqlo and Marni Winter 2022

(Picture credit score: Courtesy of Uniqlo)

The capsule thrums with each Marni’s spirited eccentricity and Uniqlo’s rigorous efforts to excellent what are already superb staples. ‘After working with them, I now perceive their unbending integrity for design, which is made to exalt the persona of the wearer and that intention could be very clear on each side,’ Risso says. ‘Placing our textures on their bases and their bases onto our textures, this jumbling of issues, was very a lot a studying curve. I assume they have been laughing at a few of our playful approaches while we felt very grounded by theirs.’

Just lately, Risso has seen a distinct physique confidence that individuals have on the streets, so this assortment favours clothes that unapologetically outline the physique. Knitted trousers, Heattech leggings, socks and long-sleeve tops are available colour-blocked pale pink, cornflower blue and black or psychedelic brush-stroke prints. A smooth down-filled puffer is minimize barely decrease on the again and appears like a cloud. ‘When our first collaboration was launched, I noticed a full-on adoption of it. Extra than simply somebody in a gown or a shirt, individuals have been actually combining issues and going for the entire expressivity of it. We wished to leap into that extra and make it much more graphic. Deal with the physique as a graphic gesture.’ 

Woman in colourful psychedelic Marni Uniqlo catsuit

Uniqlo and Marni Winter 2022

(Picture credit score: Courtesy of Uniqlo)

The look is grungy and cheery, greatest worn piled on. ‘I am all the time intrigued by individuals and their lives, that is what actually informs the way in which we construct up collections. This can be a interval that requires a number of that reflection. The world is harsh and there’s a necessity for us to search out or take pleasure in what we do. I believe what this assortment does – and what our approach of constructing is about – is a mirrored image on pleasure, particularly proper now.’  

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