Fashion is evolving. Designers are no longer restricted to the strict fall and spring highly-anticipated arrivals, and as a result more and more pre-season collections are popping up throughout the industry. Here are my top five pieces from what look to be the most promising collections for the Pre-Fall 2009 collections. Fashion First...Muah!
5. Dolce & Gabbana
Stefano and Domenico haven't strayed far from their well-tailored, carefully detailed staple designs. Contrasting a beautiful, feminine silhouette in skirts and dresses with more masculine fabrics like grey tweeds and flannel have birthed a ingenious collection.
4. Vera Wang
Vera Wang presented looks with clever embellishments and a boyish charm. Sticking to a darker palette and only opting to use color in a few select pieces made dresses like the one above statement items. She paired free-flowing tunics and dresses with structured jackets. This dichotomy makes for an interesting, yet wearable collection.
3. Calvin Kline
Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein proved that nothing could be more chic than subdued tones and not-so-subtle manipulation of fabrics and textures. Pleating and the clever use of lines and the structural, architectural undertones add to the futuristic nature of the collection, and the future looks bright.
2. Oscar de la Renta
If Oscar de la Renta's Pre-Fall collection is anything it's wearable. This collection is full of textured separates, meticulously crafted skirts (which I adore), and a few feathered, flirty frocks for the occasional party. His play on texture like in the bodice and skirt of the piece above along with the textured knits were the highlight of collection. If his goal was to make me forget about any economic crisis with clothes that are indulgent and extravagant: mission accomplished.
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1. J. Mendel
Gilles Mendel for J. Mendel with his pre-fall collection dominates eveningwear. He captured simplicity and sheer elegance which makes the ultimate statement: less is really so much more. His use of the draping and the transformation of such from day to evening is exciting, and the Mendel's larger proportions for "real women with real bodies" makes me love this collection even more.