In 2021, Hugues Fauchard and Rémi Bats of UNIFORME were doubly gratified for their commitment and ethos of “conscious minimalism”. In June, the young men’s wear brand was named a finalist for ANDAM’s Pierre Bergé prize, while in July it returned to Florence, Italy, as a special guest for the “Sustainable Style” initiative at Pitti n°100.
As UNIFORME was built, literally, on a dream, the duo was inspired to use their Spring-Summer 2022 collection as a platform to react to recent events on the French political scene, when a member of the Ecologist party stated that “air travel should no longer be a childhood dream.”
“Holding onto the capacity for dreaming is essential for us,” the duo explains. “With this collection, we wanted to say that you can dream of fashion, flying, or anything else. What inspired us to go into fashion in the first place is that it’s an industry where anything is possible. We were inspired by great designers who came before us, and we hope that others will consider our work and follow their own dream.”
Open skies naturally conjured an aviator theme that is nourished by the idea of a toy plane that might just come to life and take off on its own. In a companion video, characters play with scale-model electric airplanes, reinforcing the dreamlike aspect of this collection.
Vintage Air Force insignia, rounded lines and a mineral color palette with shots of bold color frame silhouettes cut in ecologically mindful fabrics such as French rough linen.
The bomber, the quintessential aviator piece and a UNIFORME signature for several seasons, now circles back in sun-bleached khaki with a hand-silkscreened cocade in back. A fresh spin on the jumpsuit references the parachutist’s harness, set against breathable flat rib to bring it down to earth for everyday wear. Vintage parachuting gear likewise informs a sleeveless vest with a triple cordage in back that nods to corsetry. A sophisticated hybrid trouser in cool wool with contrasting stitching and a drawstring closure looks polished while channeling the easy attitude of loungewear (it also signals the end of elastic in Uniforme collections).
Strong graphics include grid patterns and images softened by mirage effects, for example a motif of an airplane in flight, upon closer inspection, blurs into a camouflage. In the same spirit, the circle theme is distilled even in the smallest graphic effects, on prints, knitwear and jacquard.
Body-skimming ribbed knit sweaters give the torso a sculptural air. In counterpoint, a loose-knit orange sweater with a grid motif features stitching that recalls the tread of plane wheels. From a distance, white stitching on a beige polo-style sweater evokes the outline of an aircraft. Accessories include a fresh take on the classic military D-ring belt, now in double-face leather, and a long scarf that echoes an aviator helmet.
In keeping with the brand’s philosophy, all pieces are designed for a long life, produced in France and Italy and carry as light a carbon footprint as possible.
On June 24th, 2021, UNIFORME will present its Spring-Summer 2022 collection in a physical and video installation as a part of SPHERE, the Paris Fashion Week showroom organized by the Fédération de la Couture et de la Mode at the Palais de Tokyo.