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Pre-Fall 2012 Collections: Part I

 

Pre-Fall collections hit retailers in May of the upcoming year and are intended to be worn as the warmer weather gives way to cooler days and chilly nights. For the most part only the larger houses create Pre-Fall collections and generally these are smaller collections than the Fall and Spring lines and presented with less fanfare.

Carolina Herrera’s Pre-Fall 2012 collection was tailored and smart, with colors ranging from lipstick red to shiny gold and consisted mostly of outerwear, day dresses and evening gowns.

The devil is in the details! This is an exquisite look, from the brick colored leather piping to the fur-covered sleeves to the tulle peeking out from the bottom of the coat. Love the pointy toed lace up pumps too!

 
Mr. Lagerfeld continued his around the world themes with a “Paris-Bombay” collection shown in Paris on Tuesday. Lots of black, white, fuchsia and gold, lots of tweed, lots of separates and lots of beads and pearls. The most interesting part? The ornamental beaded headdresses, dreadlocks, thick kohl liner and delicate nose piercings.
 

The first thing that caught my attention is the photo were the ropes of pearls decorating the waist, pockets and sleeves. Simultaneously extravagant and simplistic.

It's amazing to me how utterly "Chanel" this look is while being completely exotic and Far East at the same time. I can definitely see people wearing these gorgeous beaded sandals and sumptuous metallic leggings next year.

 
The DKNY Pre-Fall 2012 collection was bright, fun and 100% wearable. Crisp, fresh separates in white and black, colorblock sheaths, floral garden dresses and some stripes, crochet & lace for good measure. My favorite pairing was the a-line leather mini skirt with a sheer bow blouse and platform ankle strap sandals. (See Tom & Lorenzo’s photos & commentary here).
 

The separates were really standout and there was a great mix n' match sense with the styling.

So cute! Chic and classic, but fun and youthful.

 
Jason Wu was structured, ladylike and alllll about the accessories. From beautiful handbags in classic designs to cinched elbow length leather gloves to fur scarves, this collection was all about old-school glamour.
 

The separates were bold and bright. I especially liked the slim-fitting riding pants in mismatched colors.

This was my favorite look from Jason Wu, I love the ribbed sweater with contrasting collar worn with a printed A-line skirt. The gloves are the perfect finishing touch.

Fun, retro geometric prints appeared on separates, coats and dresses, all paired with shiny patent leather heels and nipped waists.

 
Oscar de la Renta’s Pre-Fall 2012 collection was all about the separates. Yes, there were the dresses and gowns Mr. de la Renta is known for, but there were also a lot of great skirts, blouses and coats in black & white, prints and brights. Lace, ruffles, plaid, geometric prints, polka dots, leather, fur, silk, knit… This collection had a little bit of everything. (See Tom & Lorenzo’s photos & commentary here).
 

Plaid, polka dots & lace - Oh My! Not a traditional combination, but one that works nonetheless. Somehow this manages to be chic and fun rather than overwhelmingly busy.

I absolutely adored this look! The fitted silhouette with capsleeves, the big buttons, the Swiss dot tights, the lace cap, the patent leather loafer pumps, the black & white polka dots. Absolutely adorable.

 
Interested in seeing more? Head over to FabSugar or Harper’s Bazaar for more pictures from these Pre-Fall shows.
 
 
Stay tuned for Part II of the collections later this week!
 
 
 
Pictures from Style.com.
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  9. Well I’m basically in love with those first 3 looks. Also: I may *NEED* a pair of metallic leggings. Noted.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:58 PM

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