Pre-Fall items may be filling stores and real Fall may be quickly approaching, but that doesn't mean we're in any hurry to bundle up. In fact, this week's highly covetable new arrivals are just about as warm-weather appropriate as it gets — and even better, they'll pull double duty with the addition of a few layers once the temperature drops. An intricately patterned Roberto Cavalli wiggle dress, a gold-tipped pair of Yves Saint Laurent peep-toes, a silky Rachel Comey top — all the chicest just-in pieces are right here, in the slideshow.
Why is it that as soon as Summer hits the halfway mark, every single item in wardrobe rotation suddenly begins to seem a bit dull? Thank goodness then for a little thing known as Pre-Fall, which, like clockwork, is making its way straight into stores now. Among the chicest pieces on offer? Rachel Comey's latest batch of shoes. In earthy hues and updated silhouettes, these sleek oxfords and perked-up clogs are a surefire cure for even the slightest tinge of midseason blues. They're all right here and available online — just in the nick of time.
Pre-Fall 2012 pieces may be rolling into stores, but right now it's definitely all about a Summer state of mind. And why not? With temperatures on the rise and the season's fun just hitting its stride, it's hard to think of anything but staying breezy. That's why this week's just-in picks are all about multitasking. In streamlined shapes, textural materials, and crisp hues, they'll look chic now — and straight through Fall.
Summer wardrobe need a little kick? Marc Jacobs's Pre-Fall 2012 accessories — rolling into stores now — may be just the thing. With structured shapes, minimalistic detailing, crisp hues, and loads of texture (the quilted snakeskin and printed calfskins are particularly fetching), these bags are sure to look sweet now — and straight through Fall. Some of our favorites, in the slideshow.
This season's Dior film won't be released until May 3, but here's a look at the exclusive teaser. Titled Secret Garden, the sneak peek shows models Daria Strokous, Melissa Stasiuk, and Xiao Wen Ju strolling eerily through the gilded hallways of Versailles wearing the label's Fall 2012 collection. Set to the tune of Depeche Mode's "Enjoy The Silence," the mostly black-and-white teaser is punctuated by flashes of color, which reveal each girl's underpinnings — or new outfits entirely — as she walks and poses. Words are very unnecessary, indeed.
Video courtesy of Dior.
We're taking a closer look at the standout details of the Pre-Fall 2012 collections. In this batch of fresh arm and statement footwear from Stella McCartney, Phillip Lim, and Jason Wu, we've picked the best of the bunch. Stella McCartney zeroes in on that London sophisticate with downtown cool; Jason Wu delivers a crop of ladylike bags and shoes — all with pretty pops of color and dainty detailing; and Phillip Lim crafts his minimalist cool with a brilliant palette (like the update on the Pashli in a cherry hue!). Inside, we're picking favorites and zeroing in on the pieces we love. Click on for a glimpse of the goodies to come.
>> Jason Wu's signature accessory shapes meet the rich colors of the Maharajah for Pre-Fall 2012. There are Mini Miss Wu bags in punched-up patents, Jourdan chain crossbody bags in cleverly textural colorblock, and perky Karlie clutches with zigzag trim. But our favorites? All the drool-worthy, totally gorgeous shoes. Lattice-strapped sandals, two-tone platforms, lace-up buckle booties, shiny contrast brogues — all totally girlie, without a hint of priss. Click through to see the entire collection — which, incidentally, also marks the first anniversary of Wu's accessories line — here.
Retro throwbacks, tailored perfection, and soft feminine references — pre-Fall '12 is a beautiful blend of structured shapes and unexpected girlie details. Lanvin delivered deliberately unfinished embellishments like exposed dart seams and raw edges, while Givenchy revived its "greatest hits" prints (think tropics and rottweiler motifs), and Sarah Burton traveled back in time to the '60s English countryside to whip up a cool equestrian-inspired McQ collection. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. We're obsessed with Carven's nod to mod silhouettes, Derek Lam's focus on detachable mink collars, and Versace's Studio 54 vibe, too. It's a pre-season worth poring over, so get to it. Click through to see even more inspired looks and gorgeous accessories from Pre-Fall 2012.
>> Bill Gaytten kept it classic for Pre-Fall 2012. Below-the-knee pencil skirts, peplum jackets, bell-shaped tulip skirts, and round-collar capes were offered up in lovely, pared-down versions — with just a dash of drama found in liquid-like vinyl and graphic plaid.
>> Sarah Burton culled influence from the Victorian era — particularly, the ultra-full circle skirts of that period — for Pre-Fall 2012. Also worked into the mix: the nipped-in waists of '50s couture, lush fabric motifs inspired by Elizabethan art, and exaggerated silhouettes that hint at the work of Charles James. "I've raised the waist, kept the peplum, but moved away from the pencil skirt," Burton explained.