After looking at the lovely offerings from the likes of Stella McCartney and Chloe yesterday, it is our great pleasure to bring you another clutch of glorious Pre Fall collections.
First up is Celine, where designer Phoebe Philo has worked with very traditional fabrics like tartan and gabardine; very school uniform – and fashioned them into very modern, streamlined little outfits. We love the square blocks of colour on dresses and blouses and as for the coats – heaven!
Another favourite Pre Fall collection was Proenza Schouler who have gone all out on clashing prints like Ikat and stripes as well as a mixing up textures. Lots of boy-shorts, short skirts and blazers as the silhouette - nice. We also like the patterned jumpers, and think the colour palette of raspberry, black, bright blue and navy is one of the hippest ways to face the autumn.
Over at Jil Sander, whose S/S ’11 collection of billowing maxi dresses and uber bright stripes was one of the highlights of the whole season, Raf Simons had taken the company back to minimal basics. A lot of soft grey and various dark blues, from midnight to navy prevailed.
Brit boy Giles Deacon showed a slick, tightly edited gang of looks, from sleek silky dresses to printed gowns and crisp coats. Given that his Spring collection was a riot of neon pink, smiley faces and outré prints, this seems more than reserved by comparison.
Lastly, a look back to the glamorous '40s from Louis Vuitton. Whatever you’d call Marc Jacobs, a minimalist isn’t one of them. Although this collection is decadent and rich it still reflects the mood of the season in a sombre palette of darks and nude.
- Naomi Attwood