‘Twas not long ago we brought you some excitingly fresh new pre-fall looks, but more have arrived online from Paris and New York and we’re excited. The likes of Proenza Schouler, Thakoon, Phillip Lim and Diane Von Furstenburg kicked things off in December with their chic take on sporty, doubled-up prints and all sorts of ladylike loveliness, remember? But there’s more on the hot-in-six months’-time list, too. Let’s analyse the vision for each power house in a stylish nutshell…
Its horsey heritage meets the ‘50s via the ‘70s and possibly entering a time warp into 2070 or thereabouts. Powered up and precise, sharply deconstructed tailoring rendered in the most toffish of tweeds, shot through with brights, military greens and the occasional unexpected tropical flower print or two. And all paired with those magnificent conceptual knee-high riding boots. We expect an in-store fash ed riot for those bad boys (but anyone who owns Margiela’s flare-covered boots is already ahead of the rest of us).
Like Givenchy it was a case of reworking and reinventing some faves to keep everyone happy and inspired. Mannish cuts like Crombie coats and tailored pants have been blown up in size with baggy tops and bottoms being chicly slouched-up together, smart jumpers continue (the colour block polo is our fave) and we’ve got a feeling that we’ll be doing a modern Wall-St-chic thang in her navy pinstripe trouser suit. So cool.
Bonjour Chloe girls! Faithful fans will like Claire Waight-Keller’s second season – she’s got the languid ‘70s vibe, the feminine but easy shapes, the muted colour palette. Again, baggy suiting, knee boots and mannish tailoring are all key.
It’s a McCartney pix and mix for pre-fall. Embroidered and initialled suiting? Golfing argyle checks? Paisley tunic-over-trousers? Lace peplum-ed dresses? Taped army crop-kick pants? Stella’s got various plates spinning at once with this collection – and we can’t wait to see which direction she takes for A/W’12.
Fiiiit! It’s sleek, it’s bright, and it’s a very great but progressive move on from S/S’12 key ideas (grid print, frills, minimalism, t-shirt + pencil skirt). We especially like the Wedgewood-esque prints and complimentary contrast of super-bright orange with cobalt.