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I often find fashion show timing the most annoying thing ever.  Spring/Summer collections show in NY in September, when I’m trying to get fall and winter shopping going.  And here we are, in the midst of what designers consider last year’s winter, looking at pre-fall collections already.

Luckily, style never goes out of season.  So feel free to grab some of the trends we loved from the pre-fall shows and wear them regardless of the time of year!

Pop of Color:  Apparently, Rachel Zoe’s old assistant has a thing for pops of color.  It’s a Brad Brad World (tell me that’s a working title!) is pretty much the only show on Bravo I don’t watch, so I can’t be entirely sure.  Regardless, I loved the way that Emilio Pucci did a pop of color in each of these looks.  For the less adventurous, take a cue from these looks and add an eye-catching scarf.  Ready to take the plunge?  Invest in some brightly hued bottoms or a wow factor top to add some sizzle to your work day neutrals.

Indian accents: Nobody says opulence quite like Chanel can.  Mr. Lagerfeld’s Indian inspired collection was unique in its take on this trend in the pre-fall shows.  We loved the sequin encrusted collars, the gold leggings, the head pieces, the sheer fabrics and sexy draping… sigh.  We should probably pull an Elizabeth Hurley and marry a really rich Indian dude to afford all this stuff.

Muted florals: Remember when Meryl Streep’s character in The Devil Wears Prada makes a snooty remark about how florals in spring are so unoriginal?  Well, we hope she’d be happy with Gucci’s take on the look, morphing the idea of florals and creating it into something abstract.  The florals shapes are over or under exaggerated until they become almost caricatures of what they represent.  In the muted tones–the shapes and colors mimic that specific moment when you can feel summer start fading into fall. 

60s silhouettes: Jonathan Saunders (top left) and Tracy Reese (all others) jump on the 60s bandwagon I’ve been touting for a while.  The precursor to the fit and flare trend, that I highlight later on in this post, I love the way these shapes flatter.  I’m thinking that, like me, these designers probably couldn’t get enough of the way the girls looked on the cancelled-too-soon PanAm and decided we needed to put more girls that looked like 60s stewardesses in cities everywhere.  Now, if only wearing this look meant that my Don Draper was waiting around the corner…

Girlie embellishments: Oh, Valentino! Thank you for giving us a collection that was unabashedly girlie.  We love the bow detailing, and dieeeee for the red jumpsuit with the rose.  In an age when runways everywhere are covered in menswear inspired looks, boyfriend blazers run amok (not that we’re complaining!) it’s nice to see a designer buck the trend and go the other way, beautifully.

Fancy pants: Matthew Williamson delighted with these fun take on the cigarette pant.  Funky enough to put a little pep in your step, but not too out there that you couldn’t wear them to work.  What a kick in the pants!

20’s embellishments: Alberta Ferretti showcased a collection absolutely dripping (literally) in flapper-esque beading and sequins.  The sexy sparkly vibe is ultra luxe, and we’d love to see those flapper caps catching on.  The languid cut to the dresses keeps the look elegant without seeming as though it’s trying to hard

Fit and flare:  Jonathan Saunders, Lanvin, Monique Lhuillier, and Lanvin again all chose dress patterns in this flattering shape.  The nipped in waist flatters any shape, and the kicked out bottom can add a sense of flirty fun.  I love this look for it’s classic femininity without being too fussy!

Happy viewing!

-L

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