The military trend gets a softer look in the pre-fall collections with cozy cashmere dresses (Crumpet), cotton corset tops (Elizabeth and James), and draped jersey dresses (Catherine Malandrino) that mix well in spring's utilitarian uniform. Hold on to last season's army jackets and cargo pants and sprinkle in some playful new looks like Prada's pre-fall camouflage jacket.
Alber Elbaz declared leopard print the look for fall 2010 with a pre collection that piled on the dots and spots. Indeed he brought his animal prints out of the jungle and into the city with a mix of layered textured furs, leopard paired with gray flannel, and a few unforgettable head wraps. In stores now, act fast if you want in on the Lanvin leopard trench or chiffon sheath dress, as most sizes are nearly sold out.
Leopard spots, snakeskin, and tiger stripes—designers took a walk on the wild side for pre-fall 2010. Animal prints showed up on bags, boots, scarves, and gloves (at Dolce & Gabbana and Emilio Pucci); metallic and sequined skinny trousers, one-shoulder dresses, and jumpsuits (at Stella McCartney); and head-to-toe looks (at Lanvin). Whether it's an accent accessory or a full-on statement, we're guessing spots will be a continued theme for fall 2010.
>> Vanessa Traina Shot for Louis Vuitton Pre-Fall 2010 Ads —Vanessa Traina was nary to be seen at the Costume Institute Gala earlier this week, but she's popped up in Paris instead, where she's reportedly being shot in the city streets by Benoit Peverelli for Louis Vuitton Pre-Fall 2010, styled by Vogue Paris's Geraldine Saglio. [@LiveFashionWeek]
For pre-fall Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana continued on a few themes from their spring 2010 collection—namely a heavy use of lace and leopard prints. The former appeared in black and gray on ladylike jackets, camisoles, and floral hosiery, while the leopard spots covered everything from sequin evening looks to bags, boots, scarves, and gloves. Our early fall 2010 prediction? We'll be seeing lots more where this came from on the runways this month.
John Galliano's daytime looks for Christian Dior pre-fall 2010 are equal parts women-in-combat and ladies-who-lunch. The former best expressed through military jackets, slick trenches, and WWII-style helmets, while the latter is represented by smart, fur-trimmed skirt suits with belted jackets. For evening, it was all about Hollywood film icons of the Forties—slip dresses with lingerie detailing paired with fur coats and draped gowns covered in sequins and feathers.
If your favorite great auntie, who lived on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in the Sixties, opened up her closet and handed over a well-preserved collection of vintage fox fur jackets, plaid coat dresses with gold buttons and matching bottoms, and baby doll dresses with peter pan collars, you would not have to purchase a single item from Miuccia Prada's pre-fall collection for Miu Miu. However, if said relative and wardrobe does not exists, you can get the desired bourgeois vintage look with Prada's chunky, knitted mittens and knee-high socks when the collection lands in stores late this summer.
Stella McCartney said for pre-fall 2010 she wanted to create a complete wardrobe "with the simplicity I need as a woman." Focusing on camel, metallics, black, and white, McCartney indeed kept it simple without forgetting that fashion should be fun. Glittery mohair dicso knits, sequin animal print minis, and a Biana Jagger-style suit with matching fedora mixed with cozy country staples like camel capes, rolled denim, and oversized sweaters in this all-in-one collection of modern day essentials.
>> The Row Launches Website, E-Commerce to Come —The severe dearth of information related to The Row seems to be coming to a halt — in addition to staging their first runway presentation this upcoming New York Fashion Week, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen just launched a website for the line, TheRow.com, complete with lookbooks for Spring 2010 and Pre-Fall 2010 and backgrounds drawn from fabrics used in their collections. Coming up next? E-commerce, to coincide with the line's Fall 2010 delivery in late Summer. And the impetus for the sudden change? According to Ashley, "I have to admit we’re not that tech-savvy, but we’re constantly learning and discovering new things on the Web. I check Style.com to look at the collections and love to poke around some of the other fashion blogs to see what’s going on." [Style.com]
>> Sigrid Agren Is Back in the Game —Sigrid Agren, who skipped the Spring 2010 runway season and had nary a magazine editorial for a few months there, has reappeared. First, a shot in Vogue Italia's expansive, extensively-cast 80-page January 2010 editorial, and then yesterday, she appeared on the Prada Men's Fall 2010 runway in Milan — slightly blonder — as one of a handful of female models sporting Miuccia's Pre-Fall 2010 women's collection. [Fashin]