Pre-Fall as a category of fashion shows can be somewhat confusing at times. Isn’t Pre-Fall simply Summer or rather the few weeks before Fall begins? Despite its misleading moniker, Pre-Fall presents yet another opportunity for designers to share their inspirations and in some cases, provide an indication of what is to come before F/W 2016 presentations take place in New York, London, Milan, and Paris.

Here is our take on the top 5 Pre-Fall trends likely to stay in style during what are sure to be some cold spring months.

1) Coats

The polar vortex that hit the U.S. last spring is likely to come again (sigh global warming) and as a result, coats will be more handy than ever before. Italian brand No. 21 offered some mixed-material styles of wool, quilting, and fur trim. Looking for something a bit more edgy, see Rochas’ tartan high-slit coat or Alexander Wang’s grommet bomber jacket. For the classic fashionista, check out Bottega Veneta’s contrast collar coat or Burberry’s large lapeled suede version for your next jaunt in the city.

No 21 Pre-Fall 01 - Best Coats

Rochas Pre-Fall 01 - Best Coats

Alexander Wang Pre-Fall 02 - Best Coats

Bottega Veneta Pre-Fall 01 - Best Coats

Burberry Pre-Fall 01 - Best Coats

2) Knitwear

For cooling temperatures, I am intrigued by the matching knitwear sets I’ve seen on the runway. Chanel channeled a Fair Isle-esque aesthetic with coordinating dress and sweater. British brand J.W. Anderson presented a rich chocolate combination with divine bell sleeves with black bows. Looking for a knit fringe, look no further than Oscar de la Renta’s cream-and-black knee-length skirt or Delpozo’s cable knit turtleneck top. For a more casual occasion, A.L.C. offered a body-clinging maxi dress with tiny straps.

Chanel Pre-Fall 01 - Trends

JW Anderson Pre-Fall 01 - Trends

Oscar de la Renta Pre-Fall 01 - Trends

ALC Pre-Fall 01 - Trends

Delpozo Pre-Fall 02 - Trends

3) Prints

Stars. Hands. Horses. These are just a few of the bold prints spotted during Pre-Fall collections. When worn as a full ensemble and suited for your body type, prints can be extraordinarily flattering. Check out a Parisian-chic hand print with Sonia Rykiel, floral pattern with Erdem, stars with No. 21, festive horse motif with Vionnet, and multi-color swirl with Versace.

Sonia Rykiel Pre-Fall 02 - Trends

Erdem Pre-Fall 01 - Trends

No 21 Pre-Fall 04 - Trends

Vionnet Pre-Fall 02 - Trends

Versace Pre-Fall 01 - Trends

4) Pleating

As one way to add extra dimension to your spring dressing, pleats can enliven a simple look. Tory Burch opted for a knee-length silk skirt in warm tones while Michael Kors showcased a sheer paneled cocktail dress. Veronique Branquinho had red in mind for her long-sleeved boot-grazing number. Alice + Olivia and Christian Siriano embraced black-and-white in their styling of pleated dresses, perfect for a lunch with friends or dressed up for an evening.

Tory Burch Pre-Fall 01 - Trends

Michael Kors Pre-Fall 01 - Trends

Veronique Branquinho Pre-Fall 01 - Trends

Alice + Olivia Pre-Fall 04 - Trends

Christian Siriano Pre-Fall 01 - Trends

5) Evening Wear

A taste of evening wear was thrown into the Pre-Fall mix and the options were varied in color palette and texture. French brand Rochas put forth a decadent one-sleeve sequin dress and fur stole. Marchesa had a wine stained laser-cut tiered gown and Sonia Rykiel rocked out with a high-low black and gold sequin ensemble. A short striking number came from Christopher Kane with sultry ruffles and pockets to boot. For those celebs seeking color, Christian Siriano designed a fierce hot pink high-slit gown. Who do you think will rock these looks on the red carpet?

Rochas Pre-Fall 02 - Red Carpet

Marchesa Pre-Fall 01 - Red Carpet

Christopher Kane Pre-Fall 02 - Red Carpet

Sonia Rykiel Pre-Fall 01 - Red Carpet

Christian Siriano Pre-Fall 02 - Red Carpet

What do you think of Pre-Fall 2016 Trends?


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