While the future of fashion and how designers choose to show and release their collections seems to be on the cusp of major change, today we're focusing in on the newly released pre-fall collections, set to hit stores in May. Scroll down to see the best looks from designers like Alexander Wang and Christopher Kane, and be sure to leave your favorite in the comments below.
For pre-fall, Phillip Lim took us on a trip to space with a quick pit-stop in the English countryside. Round-shouldered lamé jackets and paper bag–waist pants contrasted alongside elegant, almost equestrian-inspired pieces, like jodhpur leggings and the structured camel coat shown here.
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The race to buy Lippes's collection for Target last September was a rush for anyone who's admired the designer for years. For pre-fall, he dished up a serving of covetable prints and textures in clean, sophisticated silhouettes. Also, we're pretty sure Carrie Bradshaw would live in that shearling coat.
All eyes are surely on Wang as he focuses in on his namesake label after parting ways with Balenciaga, and a feast for those eyes it most indeed was. Positioned as less of a theme-driven collection and more of how Wang sees the world right now, it all felt like a very cool step in the right direction.
As if we needed more of a motive to exercise this year, A.L.C.'s Andrea Lieberman provides further incentive. These cleverly designed knit separates look at home with a pair of white sneakers.
To echo the words of Leandra Medine, "Look at that boob chain!"
We saw Moroccan and Latin influences throughout Antonio Marras's pre-fall pieces, which apparently were inspired by Shelley Duvall's character in The Shining.
Keeping in line with the eccentric look that's swept over the style set as of late, Altuzarra's pre-fall inspirations span across three key decades—the '30s, '60s, and '90s—"imagining a wardrobe assembled over time."
Shop this delicate turtleneck blouse from Altuzarra.
According to this Vogue writer, Elvis served as the design muse for Lubov Azria's latest collection. It's made evident in the red, white, and blue star-print dresses and heavy focus on Western-inspired separates that the king still reigns.
We were particularly drawn to the rich use of color and prints in Tomas Maier's latest collection for Bottega Veneta.
The interplay between masculinity and sensuous femininity has always felt central to the Calvin Klein ethos, and Francisco Costa cemented this idea with his pre-fall collection of well-tailored silhouettes, all inspired by English artistic and sculptor Barbara Hepworth.
Christopher Bailey's collection of military-meets-'70s English rock-and-roll pieces has us head over heels.
Kane continues his S/S 16 idea of the kind of “crash and repair” girl for pre-fall. A woman who doesn’t follow rules, and dips her feet in juxtaposing pools of “rich and poor,” “sophisticated and unsophisticated.” Traces of previous collections like waterproof technical loop tape and Swiss lace found their way into this latest vibrant collection, which felt so true to the brand and designer we’ve loved following since his start in 2006.
All signs point to '90s grunge for Cédric Charlier's pre-fall collection, and thanks to fellow French labels like Vêtements, we suspect we'll continue to see more movements in this direction. Also, who doesn't want to wear a plaid kilt?
There's much to be ogled over in Stuart Verve's pre-fall assortment, including (but certainly not limited to) those backless leather clogs, shearling coats, and statement-making micro prints. From the looks of it, there's so much more to come for Coach.
It's difficult to find a place to begin for such an elaborate, 87-look runway collection, but suffice it to say that Karl Lagerfeld's pre-fall showing at Rome's Cinecittà studios was every bit decadent and Chanel. We swooned particularly heavily over this ankle-grazing pleated gown.
Everything about this collection feels extremely wearable and cool. Basically what we'd want hanging in our closets every morning when we can't decide what to wear. This shiny leather jacket and front-slit skirt are at the top of our list.
We've latched on to the Victorian trend for several months now, and thanks to Co's pre-fall collection, we'll hold on a little longer, ruffled high necks in tow.
Browsing through a Delpozo collection is like thumbing through your favorite art book. Saturated colors, unexpected textures, dimension—it's all there, and wearing it must feel akin to a sartorial adventure.
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A stunning two-tone and textured red gown is what caught our eye from Dion Lee's pre-fall collection, which had a backdrop that reminded us of Pierre Cardin's history-making 2008 desert show along the Silk Road in northwest China.
You can't help but want to pack up your suitcase and book a one-way ticket to Naples after clicking through Diane von Furstenberg's ladylike and easy-to-wear pieces for pre-fall.
We've seen so many trousers pooled at the bottom in these pre-fall collections, and Edun's interpretation of the trend felt especially distinct paired with a matching shin-length coat and mismatched earrings.
This is Mary-Kate and Ashley's first in-house collection for Elizabeth and James, and you can notice the difference. Special details like satin-covered buttons, raw-hemmed jackets, and expertly ruffled blouses all point to really exciting updates to the brand and its future.
We can't imagine a moody floral without thinking of Erdem, and this go-around, Erdem Moralioglu gave us this motif atop luxe suedes that felt so suitable for the pre-fall season.
It's time to go to bed, if Fendi is any indication of what's to come in the pre-fall months. Luxe bathrobe coats cinched with fur sashes and equally furry slippers will likely give us cause to stay inside, and we're quite okay with that.
Shop some cute micro shearling satchel bags from Fendi.
Alessandro Michele has no doubt changed how we view fashion right now, and his eccentric pre-fall collection is a clear and consistent continuation of the message he's disseminated since coming to the Italian fashion house.
Everything in Jason Wu's pre-fall collection felt soft and wearable with attention to detail, like this crisscross silk top shown in a pale pink.
CFDA darling Jonathan Simkhai knows how to design a dress. He also knows a thing or two about ruffles, shoulder cutouts, and, as evidenced by his pre-fall collection, really cool trousers.
If you want to keep your finger on the pulse, maintain a watchful eye over J.W.Anderson. His clever, carefree designs are perhaps the definition of what it means to trend-set, and we can only imagine how fun it must be to walk down the street in something so creatively thought up.
With Alber Elbaz gone and a continuing search under way for his replacement as creative director, Chemena Kamali and Lucio Finale have taken the design reins for now. Though it's difficult to imagine Lanvin sans Elbaz, the collection still boasted some really beautiful pieces, like this asymmetrical pale peach ruffled blouse.
The bright woven, inlaid, and fringed knits that we've come to identify as the Missoni look are a guaranteed mood-lifter, and for pre-fall, these rainbow-esque stripes felt especially cheerful.
Sometimes a bold floral on a mod silhouette is just what you need, and in the case of Markus Lupfer, there's plenty to pick from.
As with any Mary Katrantzou collection, the designer's pre-fall offerings were surrealistic eye candy from start to finish. Lace-up sandals shown over zigzag-print tights were an especially notable accessory tip, and her attention to detail, like the fluted hem cape and skirt, felt like a slight shift from her typically structured, maximalist silhouette.
Buffalo check with patent leather is our new favorite combination.
Guillaume Henry's pre-fall collection for Nina Ricci evokes instantaneous oohs and ahhs on our end. The effervescent ruffles, lace, and ladylike silhouettes we know we can rely on seeing only seem to enhance with time. This burnt-tangerine suit, in particular, is to die for.
It's hard not to envision what life would be like as a Nº21 girl. If by the looks of Alessandro Dell’Acqua’s most recent presentation, day to day would be flirty, adventurous, and full of ease.
Another slam dunk for Peter Copping. Can we wear this to our next soirée?
Genius layering and tip-top details like ruffled cold shoulders, angular necklines, and front-slit trousers have us ready to spend some serious cash money on Opening Ceremony's latest collection, which coincidentally enough was the theme for pre-fall, according to this Vogue reporter.
There's so much more to Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi’s pre-fall collection, but what stuck with us most were the stunning shoulder cutouts in delicate fabrications. Shimmy, shimmy.
Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow's latest offering for Public School was a swath of androgynous, athletic pieces perfectly suited for the stylish downtown set.
In response to "the desire for practicality and relaxation," Rochas delivers a top-notch collection that has us counting down the days until its release in May. In the meantime, we'll emulate that whole ribbed sock and kitten-heel pump look.
We've been drawn to Getty's subtle elegance (did you see her collection for resort?) and simply can't imagine not owning this twist-front kimono-style dress.
We dare you to browse Rebecca Taylor's pre-fall assortment and find something that wouldn't fit seamlessly into your wardrobe. Cohesive, wearable, and versatile.
The pre-fall collection for Rodebjer was largely inspired by Joan Didion's now-iconic packing list. How's that for a style muse?
Burch focused in on Lebanese American artist Etel Adnan to guide her design inspiration for pre-fall. This floral leather jacket is everything.
Beckham's tightly edited collection showcases a burst of bold jewel tones shown on poppy pieces like this cutout lace slip dress.
With an off-the-shoulder top seen on practically every tastemaker in the industry, Tibi is poised for long-lasting success. In a recent trip to the brand's showroom, this editor fell in love with the raw-hem plaid slip dress shown here. The trend-forward frock is paired with a sweater featuring a strategic cutout in the back. It's all in the details.
We can always count on Versace for a seductive selection of tailoring, spliced detailing, and the ilk, but we were particularly drawn to this strapless pastel dress with Swarovski crystal flowers. Something we might be seeing on the likes of Rita Ora no doubt.
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Which look from our list is your favorite? Leave it in the comments!