The Fall Couture shows are showing right now, with the Ready-to-Wear runway kicking-off in a matter of weeks. So you might wonder, what are these Pre-Fall collections all about? These are the very first fall-inspired clothes to hit stores around May/June. They serve as transitional pieces and a sneak peak into colors, patterns and trends that will be major players come fall.
Designers are sending out bigger Pre-Fall collections, than ever before. The fashion machine is hungry and the designers are feeding their customers. Givenchy showed over 70 pieces, which is equal to their regular fall shows. Even if you aren’t buying designer pieces, their collections have a trickle down effect, especially to fast-fashion retailers like H&M, Forever21, and Zara, but also to more mainstream stores.
- Bomber Jackets
- Leopard & Zebra
Stella McCartney – dress with oxfords
Jonathan Saunders – bomber jacket under coat
Christian Dior – swooning over this plaid
Altuzarra – orange peeking out from amazing coat
Balmain – sophisticated leopard high-waisted skirt
More to See
If you want to see more Pre-Fall 2014 designs, go to thisPinterest board for 40 of my favorite looks. The collections from Christian Dior, Givenchy, Balmain and Altuzarra were just wonderful. And I couldn’t show everything here, but the butterfly prints from Valentino were so romantic and dramatic.
Lastly, if I had to pick an ‘it’ animal for fall (you know, like the owls, cats and foxes of seasons past), I think it’s going to be the bunny. Mark my words. The bunny is next.
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Posted in Fashion, Fashion Shows, Style
Tagged Altuzarra, Balmain, Christian Dior, Fall Fashion, Givenchy, Jonathan Saunders, Pre-Fall 2014, Runway, Stella McCartney, Trends
Christian Dior Couture 2009, photo: Style.com
Velvet capes swoosh through back alleys. Stately rings are proffered for a kiss. Lords showcase livery collars and ladies drop golden pendants into their bosom. Bodices heave and swords strike. King Henry VIII is mercurial in politics and passion, as his second wife Queen Anne has just departed with her head. Thus ends the second season of Showtime’s historical drama, The Tudors (2007-2010, but still available via Netflix).
The Tudor and Baroque era costuming and accessories for the series are dazzling. Lucky for us, Baroque styling (beginning around 1600) never really went out of fashion, because the design elements are timeless: swirling gold details, pearls, velvet, rich color, brocade, lace and heavy ornamentation. It’s easy to fall for the lushness of it all. Look at how many bold-name designers have recently shown collections with baroque richness:
Versace Pre-fall 2011
Givenchy Fall 11
Going Big with Accessories
Want to try your hand at the look? Get in a courtly way with some royally big rings and necklaces for yourself. Just yesterday, I came across a picture of Mary-Kate Olsen with an enormous green and gold ring worn on her index finger. She rocked it, of course, as she usually does.
This is a go big or go bigger kind of look. I think it’s worth a try, especially with all the festive parties and events coming in the next couple of months.
Posted in Fall 2011, Fashion, Inspired By, Spring 2011
Tagged Accessories, Balmain, baroque, Christian Dior, Givenchy, Jason Wu, jewelry, The Tudors, Versace