Trends Out of Pre Fall: The Big Eight from Chanel, Alexander Wang, Belstaff, and More

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

InFullBloom 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.

Plaiditude A Plaiditude

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.

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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.

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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.

Thakoon, Alexander Wang, Fendi, Altuzarra, and Calvin Klein: A Look at Pre-Fall 2014

Ah, finally a show season where the clothes match the weather..! The Pre-Fall 2014 collections are well on their way and a few trends are beginning to emerge from all the leather, fur and cashmere.

Calvin Klein, Altuzarra and Thakoon Addition all gave us interpretations of comfort.

Calvin Klein was unmistakably cozy with floor skimming knit dresses, chunky knits cinched with delicate strands of yarn and double-breasted coats, all in shades of gray. Models wore pony-hair slippers and fur mules that had us deeply reconsidering our stilettoes.  The collection stayed languid and elegant as it progressed into a pair of crepe georgette sleeveless dresses and an ombré sequin and chiffon evening dress.

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Joseph Altuzarra’s collection was easy and comfortable without losing anything in the way of elegance and structure.  The designer reimagined a few of his signature looks from the past, giving his side-slit skirt a new A-line shape and his sweater-shirt hybrids new fabrics and cuts. Interjecting a touch of playfulness, the designer stamped the French phrase “Sapeurs-pompiers” across sweaters and mismatched differing cotton plaids. The effect was sophisticated and seemingly effortless.

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Thakoon Addition gave us comfort in the way of oversized scarfs, knit ponchos, fringe adorned skirts and knit herringbone leggings. Harkening back to the nineties he mixed dark florals with geometric plaids. In customary Addition fashion there were lots of layers to dissect; wrap skirts layered over cigarette pants and oversized oxford shirts beneath boxy sweaters. A distinctly autumn feel united an otherwise loosely themed collection.

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Fendi and Alexander Wang got in touch with their masculine sides, toughening up their collections with menswear-inspired details.

Fendi came back down to earth after a very ethereal spring collection. Fall was tougher, heftier and more solid. There was an artsy motif employed through out the collection, evoked by dyed furs and brushstroke prints. The proportions were oversized and the silhouettes solid. As for the most interesting detail of the collection? Models wore fuzzy knee socks reminiscent of the satyrs from Greek Legend.

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Alexander Wang took a less organic approach to masculinity evoking the white-collar, urban understanding of menswear emphasizing suits, button downs and overcoats. Wang’s collection explored the duality of things coming together and things falling apart. Deterioration seemed to be the more prominent of the two, with boxy white shirts that appeared “moth eaten” and cashmere sweaters that seemed to be peeling apart. He also channeled western elements in the way of over the knee cowboy boots and strips of fringe. The whole collection seemed to be a bit of a commentary on the decline of the American dream.

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