If the fall and spring runways are for creating a beautiful fashion fantasy then surely the off-season collections are for a strong dose of fashion reality. Resort and Pre-fall collections are packed with the kind of pieces that you want to be wearing everyday, in your real life- not the life you imagined you would have when you became Carrie Bradshaw and walked the dog in couture. These “everyday clothes” however, are not drab in the least, as it’s the forging of beauty and wearability that make them so lust-worthy. From track jackets with macrame embroidery to mohair sweatshirts this Pre-Fall roundup is replete with fabulous fabrics in easy cuts we can’t wait to be buying come late August.
Givenchy: A definitively masculine collection as compared to last season’s romantic ruffles, Tisci put pants under skirts and every look came with laced oxfords. A tessellated pattern was done in lace and silk as well as this yummy black and tan fur jacket. This collection has the cool factor for sure.
Derek Lam: This collection was back to basics for Lam but his fabric of choice was bonded lace. A lace sweatshirt seems like the best kind of oxymoron and we love this two tone lace dress for any office occasion.
Proenza Schouler: Jack and Lazaro took last season’s patchwork and techno prints to a simpler place for Pre-Fall. Their watery prints looked fresh next to a slick white leather jacket. If you lusted for last their last collection, you’ll be able to wear this one.
Rag & Bone: The colors were sporty orange and blue and a sixties mod motif was woven throughout. Macrame was also woven into the sleek separates for a hand crafted touch.
Celine: Philo was thinking about “dressing up” in the “traditional sense” but this forward thinking collection verged on romantic. High-waisted black leather pleated skirts met unexpected accent like large brass belt buckles and straw hats. Now all we can think about is a crisp white shirt under a very expensive rabbit fur coat.
Chloe: Clare Waight Keller has hit her stride at Chloe. While she still showed off her English sensibility with cropped trousers and fitted shearling jackets, she also nailed Parisian chic with black knee-length dresses that ended with poufs as light as clouds. Brava!
Michael Kors: Mr. Kors loves a Hollywood reference, and this time it was Liz Taylor in Cat On a Hot Tin Roof. Off the shoulder furs were paired with tight leather leather pencil skirts and topped with white cat-eye sunglasses for a 50’s inspired look that was, dare we say, fierce.
Stella McCartney: McCartney excels in the off season. A paisley-like pattern adorned cooler than cool jackets and cropped trousers that you can bet editors will be wearing come Fall. We can’t get enough of this mohair sweater, and those (faux) snake skin slipper heels!
Robert Rodriguez: Rodriguez wanted to create a collection that girls would buy and wear and that he did. Our favorite was this modern skirt suit that pairs a hooded track jacked with a pleated skirt both in a sweatshirt-like fabric.
3.1 Phillip Lim: This collection was full of all the pieces that Phillip Lim fans love: tailored leather jackets trousers and lots of layering. Inspired by a bourgeois biker girl this collection was all about mixing rebellious statement pieces with refined basics.
Louis Vuitton: Inspired by the film The Bride Wore Black this collection was all about black lace. Last season’s 60’s mod thing was done with darker undertones for a vampy effect. Jacobs is still seeing double too-all the looks showed girls side-by-side.
Alexander Wang: This was a smaller Pre-fall collection then we are used to seeing from Wang, but each look was standout. With a strict black, white and gray palette the designer showed off the avant garde tailoring he’s known for.