Collabs From Costello, Kishimoto & Velvet

Uniqlo’s designer collaboration bandwagon barrels ahead. In addition to renewing its extremely well-received collaboration with designer Jil Sander for a second season, Uniqlo is adding two standout capsule collections to its roster. A collection from the revered design duo behind Costello Tagliapietra hit Uniqlo stores just last week and garnered strong reviews from the New York Times to Fashionista. Dresses start at $29.50 and include a number of expertly draped cocktail dresses in a soft, pastel-heavy palette. Next up, Uniqlo is partnering with West Coast mainstay Velvet.

Women’s Wear Daily has a first look at the partnership between the LA brand’s Jenny Graham and Toni Spencer and the Japanese fast-fashion retailer. “The new venture, dubbed Uniqlo + Velvet, offers 14 jersey styles retailing from $15.90 to $19.90,” and will include quite a bit of cashmere looks (priced from $99.90 to $129.90). The collections–all inspired by “the Southern Californian lifestyle”–are broken down into four installations that are intended to appeal to a variety of consumers (harem pants, tunics, and tanks included).

Meanwhile, London-based Eley Kishimoto is debuting a line for Anthropologie. “First launched last fall in London at Anthropologie’s Regent Street flagship, EK Jam Factory is now available at several US outposts, as well as on Anthropologie.com,” says Fashionista. As for the collection itself, think print-friendly feminine frocks that have a decidedly 60s feel- and cost about half as much as Kishimoto’s namesake line.

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