Only a month and a half out – cue panic – from the new and improved New York fashion week, we can’t help but wonder what designers will bestow upon us this coming season. If the pre fall collections are any indication of what’s to come, we’ll be seeing an inundation of fringe, plenty of pleats and lots of lace. Plaids and floral will be prominent pattern stories, as will the black and white pairings that we saw this past spring. Big volume will remain a big player. And Bermuda shorts will make an impressive comeback.
(Above) Lace Resort
Seen at: Burberry, Jason Wu, Rag & Bone
Dark, dramatic lace could be found all throughout the pre fall collections. This season’s lace felt romantic, sensual and not in the least bit girly.
Seen at: ALC, Rag & Bone, Thakoon, Band of Outsiders
Reminiscent of a schoolboy uniform from private schools past, Bermuda shorts came back in a more tailored way. Rather than being oversized and slouchy they were grown up – a crisp, formal approach to the menswear trend.
Compare and Contrast
Seen at: DKNY, Donna Karan, Alice & Olivia, Narciso Rodriguez
The back and white pairings that dominated spring runways came back bolder and even more graphic. The contrasting colors felt distinctly harder, tougher, and seemed to harken back to the 1960s.
Cowgirls and Indians
Seen at: Chanel, Derek Lam, Alexander Wang, Nicole Miller
Cowboy hats, boots, and fringe, oh my. Epitomized by Chanel’s show in Dallas, the cowboy trend was more apparent than ever. Fringe found itself on everything from bags to the backs of dresses and broad rimmed hats and over the knee boots.
In Full Bloom
Seen at: Badgley Mischka, Erdem, Alice & Olivia, Temperley London
A perennial trend, flowers bloomed bold and beautiful this fall. In pastel pink and brooding black, blooms were rendered in a dozen different ways. We loved the graphic interpretations as well as the retro inspired prints.
Seen at: Altuzarra, Belstaff, Rachel Comey, Thakoon
Cleaning up the grungy plaids of last fall, this season’s tartans are crisp and classic with a modern twist. Interpreted in new color combinations and shapes the plaid feels reinvigorated and new.
Pleats and Thanks
Seen at: ALC, Gucci, Tory Burch, Missoni
Pleated skirts in delicate swingy fabrics look simultaneously classic and fresh, especially when reinterpreted in silver metallic fabric or paired with sleek, minimal accessories.
Seen at: Adam Lippes, Just Cavalli, Derek Lam, Proenza Schouler
Proving more is more. Jackets and pants in particular were given an extra dose of volume. Big, boxy structural shapes reigned supreme.