Pre-Fall is a season of consolidation, with such labels as Chloé, The Row, and Zero + Maria Cornejo doubling down on all sorts of ’70s tropes, from rock-star shearlings to tunic-and-trouser suits to baja shirts straight off the beach in Malibu. What it means for you: It’s time to invest in a flared skirt (floor grazing or cropped way above the ankle), and you might want to consider a long tube skirt as well. They looked directional over loose pants and pleated skirts at places like Rag & Bone and Proenza Schouler. Or you could go the other way entirely and opt for something thigh-high short. Tiny baby doll dresses à la J.W. Anderson and Calvin Klein Collection had a big moment, too.
The Pre-Fall 2015 Trend Report
DRUG RUG DELUXE
The drug rug got a major upgrade this season, thanks to ponchos that were hipper than your average head shop find. Chloé's Clare Waight Keller distilled globe-trotting glamour with a fantastic tasseled number, but for those who prefer a poncho with a little more polish, look no further than Cédric Charlier.
Photo: Courtesy of Chloé
Photo: Oli McAvoy / Courtesy of Zero + Maria Cornejo
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Photo: Courtesy of Cédric Charlier
NEW LIFE FOR LEOPARD
Is it time to stow away the It girl faux-leopard coat? Just maybe. We were seeing spots in a whole new way at the Pre-Fall collections. Joseph Altuzarra whipped up a purple jacquard parka and matching pencil skirt, while Julie de Libran sent out a Parisian take on jungle print at Sonia Rykiel. Wild.
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Would-be dolly birds, unite! Pre-Fall's most darling indulgence came in the form of baby doll dresses. Whether printed (Valentino and J.W. Anderson's floral numbers) or plain (Francisco Costa's dreamy white knit), their thigh-grazing hemlines made certain that these frocks were anything but saccharine.
Photo: Christian MacDonald / Courtesy of Calvin Klein Collection
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IT'S THE FUZZ!
Designers cozied up to plush shearling pieces for Pre-Fall. Whether long and luxurious or shaggy and shorn, Mongolian lambskin took center stage in collections from Altuzarra to Burberry Prorsum.
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Photo: Courtesy of Burberry Prorsum
NIGHTTIME IS THE RIGHT TIME
The best kind of evening look is an unexpected one. This season, that's where Alexander Wang's minimal elegance, Christopher Kane's nouveau blooms, and Rachel Comey's unfussy fringe all come in.
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Photo: Gus Powell / Courtesy of Rachel Comey
"Athleisure" may be a word currently burrowing its way into the zeitgeist, but Pre-Fall's sporty sensibilities would look out of place at Pilates. Instead, designers sent out sophisticated pieces that nodded quietly to the graphic appeal of, say, the Nike swoosh or Adidas' bars.
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Pre-Fall saw suiting aplenty, but our personal favorite take was one that proved that Spring's '70s mania is still alive and kicking: the corresponding tunic top and flares. Thanks to labels like Derek Lam and The Row, matchy-matchy has never looked so good (bonus points for a statement belt à la Pucci).
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The uptown classic has come undone. Once the domain of prim suits, tweed now comes frayed, fringed, and fabulous at labels like Thakoon. Let the pearl-clutching commence.
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IN IT FOR THE LONG HAUL
The season's dark horse silhouette? Offbeat combos of long-over-long, as seen in Proenza Schouler's doubled-up tube knits and Rag & Bone's knee-grazing sweater and vest layers.
Photo: Courtesy of J.W. Anderson
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Photo: Courtesy of Proenza Schouler