Classic American sportswear with a chic Seventies touch at Derek Lam

New York: For his Pre-fall inspiration, Derek Lam mentioned an exhibit that had been in his mind for some time: Malevich and the American Legacy, a retrospective of the Russian artist at the Gagosian gallery. The show delved into minimalist Kazemir Malevich’s influence on American art of the Seventies. Lam's lineup consisted of an array of unfussy urbane separates in clean ...
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A clean, sharp and bold outing at Versace

Milan: Donatella Vesace presented a clean, sharp and bold outing for Pre-fall – “I love this look that is both simple and complex, with neat silhouettes that are full of luxurious Versace details” stated the designer on the press release. It was a new direction for the house where masculinity and sporty references mingled together. The results were convincing, polished and ...
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A rustic take on sartorial sophistication at Sportmax

Milan: The Austrian painter Egon Schiele was the main inspiration behind the Sportmax Pre-fall 15 collection. The brand has gained momentum over the past few seasons turning fashion-forward inspirations into wearable, covetable clothes. The silhouettes were long and lean -  A-line coats were nipped at the waist by a single leather cord, while wraps, layers and circular cut panels on tops, ...
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Androgyny blends with feminine silhouettes at Yigal Azrouël

New York: For Pre-fall 2015, Yigal Azrouël took us on a captivating journey where androgyny blends with feminine silhouettes in distinctive materials. The designer’s outing was sexy and urbane, where engineered constructions, sharp tailoring and astute pairing fused together. The main focus of the collection was on texture and fabric – braided leather, delicate jacquards and a basket weave material made ...
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A youthful exuberance at McQ

London: A youthful exuberance influenced by the street culture and New Wave bands from the Eighties came to life at McQ for Pre-fall 15. Iconic streetwear pieces were interpreted in technically advanced and sumptuous materials – for instance, a shearling-lined biker jacket took on the printed surface texture of raw concrete, while a hooded blouson in heavy crepe morphed into eveningwear ...
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Futuristic Utilitarian and Urban Glamour for Raf Simons at Dior

Tokyo: Raf Simons said at the presentation of his Pre-Fall collection – "Tokyo is a place that has been and is so constantly inspiring to me, particularly in terms of the liberty people take for themselves in how they dress... It’s a place that is both extreme and exhilarating.” This was powerfully evident – from the futuristic stage that set the ...
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A glamorous girl with a rebellious spirit at Diane Von Furstenberg

New York: For Pre-fall, Diane Von Furstenberg’s artistic director Michael Herz presented a balanced collection of city-ready attire that fitted perfectly with the “hippie” influence that was seen on the S/S 15 catwalks. The sense of girly-ness was present throughout the lineup and expanded DVF’s brand codes – standout was a beautiful denim-collared lace shirtdress and a tweed coat blocked with ...
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A weekend in the country with Altuzarra

New York: Continuing on from the Spring Military influences that pervaded last season’s collections, Altuzarra’s Pre-Fall presentation continued on in the same vein. Inspiration was drawn from traditional British uniforms  with a nod to classic scenes of country living and pursuits – hunting and hiking high on the agenda. The main focus was to build a complete wardrobe that was "functional, ...
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Structured sophistication at Giorgio Armani Pre Fall 2015

Milan Structured architectural silhouettes with thoughtfully placed seams, darts, and pleats allowed for true integrity within the Giorgio Armani Pre Fall 2015 collection. An elegant colour palette of black, grey, and ivory were highlighted by dusty and soft blues, teals, and purples to create a softer aesthetic to the otherwise angular silhouettes. Geometric cut pony hair transformed a teal collarless ...
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Functionality and an appealing feminine aesthetic at 3.1 Phillip Lim

New York: Phillip Lim has been almost 10 years making beautiful everyday classics accented with a sense of uniqueness. For his Pre-Fall 15 outing, the designer revisited his signature pieces, giving them an appealing feminine aesthetic. There were a few terrific pieces with charming details that embodied a youthful elegance throughout the collection.  Exquisite suits, sport-inspired bomber jackets and coats were ...
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Chic meets urban at Emporio Armani Pre Fall 2015

Milan Sleek and understated comes to mind with the Pre Fall 2015 Emporio Armani collection. Known for elevated fabrics, fine tailoring, and an emphasis on fit, this collection truly embodies the sophisticated and timeless woman. The pops of cherry red and cerulean blue liven the otherwise neutral colours, while a bold ikat print brings a youthful feel. Favorite looks from the ...
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Sidewalk Sophistication at 10 Crosby by Derek Lam

New York: For Pre Fall 2015, vice president of design, Liz Giardina was inspired by a Brazilian artist who specialized in wood prints in the 1950s and 60s, which you can see translated throughout the collection in the bold oversized geometric patterns. The designs evoked a slightly 70’s feel with belted coats, jackets, and playsuits, with slinky slip dresses that ...
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A fun, youthful and graphic transseasonal collection from Kors

New York: Michael Kors described his Pre-Fall collection – "from bikinis to boots" and mentioned three women – Baby Jane Holzer, Winona Ryder, and Taylor Swift as his muses. Raison d’etre one would think, but therein lies the answer, Kors cleverly blended the seasons and decades! Following on from his iconic Fall collection, there was indeed a riff on the sixties and ...
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Laid-back sophistication at Tomas Maier

New York: For Pre-Fall, Tomas Maier continued with his laid-back sophisticated appeal with a collection that was infused with his signature sporty vibe. Minimal and simply preppy, there were classic weekend pieces to compliment any youthful wardrobe. The trick with Maier is his use of the special details that set his designs apart from being average. Everything is as streamlined as ...
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Karl’s own “Sound of Music” for Chanel

Salzburg, Austria: This Pre-Fall Metiers d’Art show was one that sat very close to Karl Lagerfeld’s heart – complete with his own likeness of being in Hudson Kroenig – dressed in Tyrolean Lederhosen. With a fairytale backdrop and glowing candlelight completing the atmosphere, models glided through the Rococo palace of Salzberg in interpretations of Chanel’s little jacket, (it was at the Mittershill ...
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