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Uniqlo S/S 2021: Style and Comfort in the New Normal

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There’s no need to sacrifice style for comfort — especially in the new normal. Uniqlo’s Spring/Summer 2021 collection is focusing on just that with artistic director Christophe Lemaire marrying innovation with modern silhouettes. We may not be going out as much but that doesn’t mean expressing ourselves through fashion has to go out the window.

Neutral tones and classic cuts make for sophisticated clothing that you can take from your home office to quick errands and walks — as long as you wear your masks, of course. Personally, this writer is quite smitten with the use of sheer fabrics that add a touch of elegance to the whole collection.



But wait — there’s more when it comes to this season’s line up and we’re sharing the preview with you. Here’s what you should be expecting from the clothing technology company.

Jason Polan UT Collection

A partnership that started in 2016 continues even after the passing of designer Jason Polan in January 2020. The New York artist, known for his ambitious work of drawing every person in the city using his pen and notepad, will have some of his sketches featured in the latest collection.

It will also feature drawings from his time in Tokyo that gave us his sketches of giraffes, hamburgers, and tigers. The collection will be available in Uniqlo stores all over the Philippines on 15 February 2021.

Transition Wear

This season also brings clothing that adjusts with you. Keeping you warm when it’s nippy and cool when it’s scorching. The LifeWear line stays true to its functional and practical cause with pieces that move with you. Notable pieces include pieces that incorporate the brand’s new Dry-Ex technology. It dries sweat and moisture quickly, making it perfect for your home workouts.

Uniqlo’s AIRism fabric tech which keeps you feeling fresh as you sweat is also moving to your sheets. No more waking up in the middle of the night — drenched in sweat — during humid Manila summer nights.


Wireless Bra Shape Lift

They say the best feeling after a long day is coming home and taking off your bra. During the new normal, some would say you don’t even have to wear one. But how can you have a wider frame for your Zoom meetings and rock those new tops you never got to wear out? Wear that bra and forget the possibility of pain.

The Japanese global apparel retailer is also launching a Wireless Bra Shape Lift. A bra designed to sculpt and shape the bust without the pain and discomfort of having wires dig around your chest area the whole day. It raises the upper bust area to create attractive cleavage while retaining a light and comfortable fit.

It also has matching panties because nothing says you have your life together other than matching underwear — even when you’re just staying at home.

Ines dela Fressange: Deauville Remembrances

The Uniqlo line this writer waits for every season is definitely Ines dela Fressange’s. Her pieces are always so chic and timeless. This year’s inspiration is Deauville — a refined seaside resort in northwestern France to which Parisians flock in summer which was a notable fashion town in the early 20th century. In fact, it’s where Coco Chanel opened her first boutique in 1913.

Cool pastels dominate this collection along with classic French cuts that pay tribute to an elongated silhouette.

JW Anderson: British Heritage Meets LifeWear Innovation

Jonathan Anderson is also back for another season with pieces that reflect arts and crafts. There’s light linen, cotton, and other naturally textured fabrics in smoky hues. Blanket stitching, floral embroidery, and smocking give the collection a vintage touch.

Hana Tajima Collab

The collaboration with this New York-based fashion designer focuses on cultural diversity and elegant styling that will go with women of all ages.

Photos from Uniqlo

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Hot & Straight: Garment steamers to keep your clothes wrinkle-free

For your delicate dresses and suits

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Garment steamer

Not everyone is blessed to have a Samsung Airdresser or LG Styler at home. Both of which are cabinets that clean, deodorize, and straighten your well-loved clothes. Especially for delicate fabrics such as silk and satin, and even the likes of your dresses and suits. For these, we turn to garment streamers.

A clothes iron isn’t generally a bad idea, but there’s a little chance of burning your soft fabric when you use a garment steamer. And it’s perfect for when you’re prepping for an event. Straighten out those sleeves, pleats, and ruffles — and look prim and proper with wrinkle-free clothes.

Xiaomi Zanjia GT-301W

Xiaomi surely makes clean-looking small appliances. The Zanjia GT-301W is a minimalist, lightweight, and portable garment steamer that’s perfect for your white and neat aesthetic.

Garment steamer

You can hold it with just one hand, and despite the small size, it blasts 1200W of powerful steam — effectively removing wrinkles on your clothes.

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Midea Handheld Steam Ironing Machine

Known as a household brand, Midea took it up a notch by producing a portable yet elegant-looking garment steamer. This garment steamer can be folded easily so you can look posh while you take care of your clothes during your travels.

Garment steamer

It also packs so much steam power with steam volume up to 22g/min, making it easier to iron out creases swiftly.

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Philips STH3010/70

Surely a trusted brand, Philips also has a candidate in the steamer category. The STH3010/70 makes for a well-rounded garment steamer — compact, portable, blasts 1000W of steam power and steam volume of up to 20g/min.

But more importantly, it boots up quickly and the steam plate can be safely pressed across all kinds of ironable fabrics — bedsheet and curtains included.

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Dowell CSH-35 Fabricare Lite

Looks may not be its strongest suit, but the Dowell CSH-35 Fabricare Lite puts a strong focus on functionality. It has a large capacity for a travel steamer — sporting a 280ml removable water tank and 1500W of power.

It’s also easy to operate with its single button, it comes with two levels of steam settings, and takes care of your clothes with its three layers of Fabricare technology. Certainly, it removes creases, sanitizes, and refreshes all your fabrics.

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Tefal Access Steam + Handheld Garment Steamer DT8100

Stay wrinkle-free with Tefal’s garment steamer in a short amount of time, thanks to its ultra-fast and efficient setup. It packs 1600W of steam power and releases a steam flow of up to 26g/min.

It’s perfect for last-minute steaming at home and it allows you to move conveniently with its 3 meters cord, so you’re not limited to steaming in one corner.

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Blow & Dry: Handy, stylish hair dryers for easy blowouts

They deserve to be in your home and in your purse

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Illustration by Kris Blanco

Every now and then, we’ll need a quick blowout to maintain good hair — whether it’s prepping for an event, a quick touch-up before your Zoom call, or about to run an errand and in a bit of a time crunch.

It’s not every day we’ll need a fabulous blow-dryer that will cost us an arm or leg. Or purchase an expensive one and call it an investment. (Guilty as charged!)

Sometimes, what we need are hair dryers that work. Fast and easy, just the way you’ll like it.

Panasonic EH-NA27 Nanoe Hair Dryer

Carol, GadgetMatch’s Lifestyle Editor, swears by Panasonic’s lineup of Nanoe hair dryers. While her personal choices are a bit chic and ritzy, there are affordable options that certainly do the trick.

The Panasonic EH-Na27 brings in its patented technology, gathering water from the air, and uses it — along with negative ions — to create Nanoe droplets and Double Mineral Ions. It’s the secret to shiny and bouncy hair!

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Mi Ionic Hair Dryer

If you’re looking for an affordable yet good-looking hair dryer, say no more. Xiaomi’s Mi Ionic hair dryer solves all your dilemmas: a portable form factor, minimalist and classy design (especially in that white colorway), high volume, and quick-drying technology.

Since it’s an ionic hairdryer, it’s supposedly safer and better compared to ceramic ones — and it won’t leave your hair smelling burnt.

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Soocas H5/H3s Hair Dryer

Chay, GadgetMatch’s Creative Director, shared how her GadgetMatch in 2018 was not a phone but a hair dryer. Yes, it was a Soocas hair dryer, which recently had a product refresh.

To Chay, the Soocas hairdryer ticks her three main considerations in looking for a hair dryer: price, power, and design. And more importantly, it doesn’t stop working from overheating despite having an affordable price tag.

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Philips Drycare Advanced Hair Dryer HP8233/00

Philips has been around for years, and they certainly produce hair dryers within your reach. The Philips Drycare Advanced hair dryer comes with a professional power as if you have your own hairdresser.

It also comes with multiple temperature settings for less hair damage and a long-lasting look. And more importantly, it sports technology that has an anti-frizz effect to help you achieve that shiny-looking hair.

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Imarflex Hair Dryer HD-2210C

If you prefer it classic and generic like any hair dryers found in your mom’s closet, Imarflex retained that familiar look with its hair dryers. The HD-2210C comes with Ionic haircare system and easy toggle between hot and cold temperature settings.

It makes for the perfect hair dryer for a quick and easy blowout, especially when you’re in a hurry. And it certainly won’t break your wallet.

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The Starbucks x FILA collection is what we need for hot summer vibes

Live life and have fun in a distinct style

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Starbucks x FILA collection

Hold up! Hot girl summer ain’t over yet.

For the first time, Starbucks is collaborating with FILA on an exclusive, co-branded collection of sporty-street-summery style essentials.

Starbucks x FILA: 12 oz Double Wall Ceramic Mug (PhP 1,095), Mesh Bag [Lazada Exclusive] (PhP 1,595)

The Starbucks x FILA collection blends rich brand heritage with classic and modern design. Wearing FILA’s signature white, navy, and red, the collection showcases bold yet timeless designs as seen in the drinkware and lifestyle accessories.

Surely, you’d love to get your hands on these accessories if you’re a fan of timeless yet distinct styles. It’s evident in these tumblers, cups, pouches, and bags!

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Starbucks x FILA collection

Starbucks x FILA: 20 oz Stainless Steel Water Bottle (PhP 1,595), 24 oz Plastic Cold Cup (PhP 895), Pouch (PhP 795)

Starbucks x FILA collection will be available starting July 20, 2021, at select Starbucks stores across the Asia-Pacific region while supplies last. In the Philippines, it will also be available in the Starbucks flagship store on Lazada.

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