Reed Krakoff Pre-Fall 2013 | Pictures

Reed Krakoff Pre-Fall 2013

Reed Krakoff Pre-Fall 2013 | Pictures

The concept of men's uniforms — those worn in the boardroom, on the battlefield, and at the ballpark — inspired Reed Krakoff to create a masculine Pre-Fall 2013 offering freshened up with feminine details.

"I wanted to figure out a way to take the things you would normally find in a man's wardrobe and make them fresh and feminine," he said. To that end, the designer turned men's suits into boxy blazers, coats, and slim trousers for day wear. Skirts often came with asymmetrical hems and were paired with luxurious tops like a v-neck sweater vest in mink and cashmere or oversize raglan sweaters. Texture was just as important here as shape: Krakoff cut a bomber jacket from shearling, for example, and printed the pony hair of a topcoat to look like snakeskin. A lace t-shirt dress would have been a little out of place here, but dipping it in black rubber made it stand up to the other strong pieces in this collection.

Photos courtesy of Reed Krakoff