The last time I talked about Undercover they were going layering crazy in their S/S 2012, a collection that has to be seen in the flesh to be believed. For while there are some basic items, the faux layered jackets and jeans feature truly baffling construction that seems to have passed most people by. But I digress, this time we shall be previewing their capsule collection for the lords of fast-fashion Uniqlo as well as their brilliant shoot with Huge Magazine and the legendary Thom Yorke.
First up is the Uniqlo collaboration that goes appropriately by the name of “Family” and features 105 items for men, women, children and even babies. Hardly a “capsule” and that is only the first wave, or which there are apparently going to be a couple more. It is going on sale in the Uniqlo Ginza first before disseminating across the Japan and eventually the world. That is right, for once a Japanese designer is going abroad in an affordable form – well I never! Affordable, is as ever with Uniqlo, the operative word as prices range between 790 and 7990 Yen (including Tax) so this is without a doubt the closest many foreign fans are going to get to Jun Takahashi’s brand without breaking the bank on the exchange rate or trawling the second hand shops of Tokyo.
The clothes in the preview look like the simpler end of Undercover, very accesible and with a muted lens that the colours always seem to go through. It strikes me as only being partially pitched as clothes for the parents to wear themselves, but more for the parents to dress their kids in. Afterall fans of Undercover and Undercoverism have long grown up, got married, and had kids. From there the thought of being able to kit your kids out in Undercover is probably an attractive one, especially when you consider the cuteness below:
Next up is a personal hero of mine photographed in A/W 2011-12 Undercover and trotting around that most nostalgic of places – Hyde Park in London. For those who don’t know, this is Thom Yorke, lead singer of Radiohead as well as being one of the most talented individuals in the world in his own right. But I digress (again), this is a shoot that appears in full in Huge magazine (which you can still find on Amazon.jp) and is a fantastic example of the effortless cool that Undercover embues. Enjoy:
Fantastic stuff and a perfect location for the shoot and the man. I used to see Thom Yorke around and about Oxford when I was a student, (as I think everyone who has lived in Oxford does) and he truly has an intangibly cool aloofness from afar that this shoot captures nicely. For the record the one and only time I spoke to him (and made a fool of myself) he couldn’t have been nicer – but yes, aloof from afar.