UNIQLO U: STYLED BY U — BELINDA BETZ

by: Catalog

Just like an individual's journey to achieving personal style, Uniqlo U is a collection that's always evolving and experimenting. The range, which was conceived and developed at Uniqlo's Paris R&D centre, led by designer Christophe Lemaire, is comprised of progressive essentials made with advanced materials, cutting-edge techniques and unique silhouettes.

As a result, Uniqlo U offers reinvented basics that are anything but basic. The pieces transcend trends and act as items that help express who we are.

UNIQLO U: STYLED BY U — BELINDA BETZ

Outfit by Uniqlo, sneakers and watch, Belinda's own

To further demonstrate Uniqlo U's versatility, we tapped on individuals with distinct personal styles and they showed us how the collection seamlessly fits into their wardrobe. Here we have 24-year-old Belinda Betz, the fresh-faced executive VIP host at CE LA VI, who admits that she shifts between two different looks that are on opposite ends of the fashion spectrum — sporty tomboy by day and sexy femme fatale at night. 

To further demonstrate Uniqlo U's versatility, we tapped on individuals with distinct personal styles who showed us how the collection seamlessly fits into their wardrobe. Up first is Darren Loke, a 27-year-old designer and co-founder of bag brand Omitir, whose look is clearly inspired by Japanese streetwear with a minimalist edge. - See more at: http://www.catalogmagazine.com/styled-by-u-darren-loke-3734#links
To further demonstrate Uniqlo U's versatility, we tapped on individuals with distinct personal styles who showed us how the collection seamlessly fits into their wardrobe. Up first is Darren Loke, a 27-year-old designer and co-founder of bag brand Omitir, whose look is clearly inspired by Japanese streetwear with a minimalist edge. - See more at: http://www.catalogmagazine.com/styled-by-u-darren-loke-3734#links

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and what you were like when you were younger?
My childhood was very colourful. I was raised in two very different cultures — my mother is Indonesian and my father is German. My mum always made sure I never floated away from my Indonesian heritage (take the spicy food she cooks or get out of the house lol) and my father always made sure I worked hard towards my passions. As a kid, I was naughty (…so nothing as changed there).  

How did you approach fashion when you were younger?
As a kid, I loved dresses. My style was quite girly with a wardrobe full of white and pink. As I grew older, dresses turned into skirts, which I still love to wear until today. Over the years, a lot has changed with my style. I can honestly say that I now love playing with a more masculine look and experimenting with colours.

How would you describe your style?
Dainty tomboy by day, dauntless dress wearer by night.  

UNIQLO U: STYLED BY U — BELINDA BETZ

Outfit by Uniqlo, sneakers and watch, Belinda's own

Who or what has inspired your personal style?
The '70s rock & roll movement, techno, living in Bali and '80s pop culture.

Describe your go-to outfit that says, “I mean business.”
High-waisted flared pants, a kick-ass crop top with a cool jacket. OR a really sleek body hugging knee-length dress, which either covers the front but backless, or with a slit in the front but long sleeved.

Do you have any rules when putting an outfit together?
I have this rule: If I’m showing my legs, I’ll cover up on top and vise versa. Finally, I remind myself not to take things too seriously!

What are your thoughts on the Uniqlo U collection?
The collection has a great mix of feminine and masculine silhouettes that I can mix and match. The materials are of great quality too, which means I can wear the pieces over and over again.

What are your favourite pieces from the Uniqlo U range?
My personal picks would be the Rayon Oversized Short Sleeve Shirt that pairs well with jeans, as well as the Milano Ribbed A-line Skirt.


Uniqlo U is now available in stores, with select women's pieces launcing in 17 April

Shop the women's collection online here
 

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