The Best of Pre-Fall 2011: Updated with Proenza Schouler, Celine, More
Pre-fall offers a glimpse at what designers have up their sleeves for fall, but they're also an opportunity for brands to experiment and step outside their comfort zones. Here, we round up the best of the season.
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Another example of 70's-era chic in this patterned indigo dress by Proenza Schouler
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Proenza's tribal-looking electric blue print became something of a signature in the brand's moody pre-fall collection.
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Alexander Wang explored his softer side with a (comparatively) restrained pre-fall collection featuring sleek, simple silhouettes like this leather dress.
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Alex Wang's burnt-orange moto vest incorporates one of the season's trendiest colors with interesting geometry and texture.
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The Row's perfect leather trench is sure to get plenty of editorial love in coming months.
The Row's immaculate tailoring and minimalist aesthetic were on full display in the pre-fall lookbook.
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Nicholas Ghesquiere worked with accessible shapes and lively colors for his cheerful pre-fall collection for Balenciaga.
Ghesquiere's quirky take on the mixed-print trend includes cropped floral pants and an oversize sweater.
Chloe's pre-fall collection is rich in funky 70's references. This stripe blanket coat is sure to make a killer statement as the temperature drops.
Another groovy look from Chloe's pre-fall collection, complete with slouchy tobacco boots.
Phoebe Philo's softer, more subtle collection for Celine featured a few standout "it" pieces, including this woven fur coat.
Funkier pieces were also in the mix at Celine, like a patchwork denim jumpsuit.
Pre-fall offers a glimpse at what designers have up their sleeves for fall, but they're also an opportunity for brands to experiment and step outside their comfort zones. Phillip Lim reinterpreted the ubiquitous creamiscle orange hue from spring with a rich shade of amber for pre-fall.
We love the retro proportions on this shrunken orange blazer, the perfect piece to transition out of steamy summer days and into fall.
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Rag and Bone's understated pre-fall collection included slightly longer hemlines and lots of raw chambray.
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Rag & Bone's slinky sheer skirt offsets a cozy wool sweater in this summery white ensemble.
This dramatic jersey gown by Burberry could work for day or night depending on high heels or a low ankle boot.
Chartreuse silk and an unexpected panel of fur make this Burberry trench something to remember. We guarantee you'll be seeing plenty of this coat in fashion spreads through the spring.
Looks like we can expect even longer lengths and funkier prints from Preen come August, when this sheer, tribal-print day dress will hit stores. We think it would look fabulous with a bright red bodysuit or colorful tights layered beneath.
Nothing like a little crimson to finish summer with a bang. Preen's two-piece red suit is sure to be a hit among savvy office-dwellers.
Do we see a yeti trend emerging? J.Mendel's fluffy pre-fall collection confirmed that fur isn't going anywhere next fall.
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A gorgeous cocktail dress from J.Mendel's pre-fall collection is sure to be a hit at fashion week fetes.
Plan to see a lot more ruby-red on the sidewalks this summer: Thakoon's gorgeous red gown would knock the wind out of a room.
Sheer layers and a skirted waistcoat make for a very unusual silhouette for Thakoon, who usually sticks to ladylike frocks with universal appeal. Could it be he's cooking up something unexpected for fall?
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There was plenty to love about Erdem's romantic pre-fall vision, which focused on smoky floral prints and modern shapes.
No Erdem collection, however, would be complete with out the perfect bold graphic floral?
Casual yet chic, this fluffy cream-and-khaki jacket by Jenni Kayne is at the top of our pre-fall wishlist.
Aha, another pop of red at Jenni Kayne, and we'd wager that an elongated blazer is a safe bet for next fall.
Soft sheer layers and bursts of saturated color defined Reed Krakoff's pre fall collection. This romantic lawn dress would be right on target for dwindling Indian Summer days.
We love the contrasting color on Reed Krakoff's khaki pleated skirt.
Jason Wu knocked it out of the park with his pre-fall collection: a perfect combination of ladylike separates, bold geometry and modern shapes.
Wu's printed silk blouses are a must-have of the season, and we love the flattering proportions of these slouchy khaki trousers.
Chanel's pre-fall collection was a regal affair with metallic tweed and plenty of big brass buttons. Could it be Karl has a royal wedding on the brain?
Another regal ensemble from Chanel's pre-fall collection.
Oscar de la Renta got a little funky with his pre fall collection, mixing contrasting tweeds and textures to create a gorgeous school-girl effect.
Head-to-toe color is an emerging trend for next fall, and we couldn't be more excited about Oscar de la Renta's bubble-gum pink ensemble.
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