The Best of Pre-Fall 2012

Posted on: January 7, 2012

While spring and fall seasons may give us more to to ooh and ahh over, pre-collections often present more of what we actually want to wear. It makes sense, since everyone says the in-between seasons are the most important for retailers. And these designers have succeeded in making things we already want to buy, desperately. Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait until early summer (“pre-fall” is a bit misnomer) to do so. Click through for what we feel were the 10 most drool-worthy collections so far.


Alexander Wang


This mostly black and white collection was full of what Wang does best. Also: is this mini skirts over dresses and pants becoming a thing? Or was this collection just heavily inspired by the Man Repeller?


Phillip Lim


We love the casual elegance of this collection. From little dresses to casual workwear to printed pantsuits, everything felt cool, relevant and totally wearable.



We have a weakness for Erdem’s floral prints, which he always finds a new way of doing so we know we’ll never get sick of them. We’re also digging the turtlenecks.


Band of Outsiders

This updated Diane Keaton-in-Manhattan–inspired collection is my dream wardrobe. How does Scott Sternberg always manage to get it right?



Who didn’t drool over Karl Lagerfeld’s beautiful pre-fall show? His inspiration was a blend of Paris and Bombai and the result–tweed jackets with Nehru collars, metallic sari-esque evening gowns some to-die-for accessories–was a smash hit.


Jason Wu

The prints, the luxurious fabrics, the embroidery, the classic silhouettes. Wu knows how to make pretty clothes in the most exciting ways.


Helmut Lang


Confession: one of the main reasons we’re including this collection is that it was apparently inspired by spiderwebs spun by spiders on drugs. Yep, that is really a thing. This manifested in amazing motifs woven into sweaters and intricate prints on gorgeous chiffon dresses. Cool, right?


Thakoon Addition


We love the young, playful vibe of Thakoon’s secondary line. How fun are those mixed prints and little dresses? It also doesn’t hurt that it’s more affordable than regular Thakoon.


Theyskens’ Theory


Theyskens’ clothes may be for day-to-day, but with cool elements like shiny silver, combat boots and abstract prints, they’re still packed with drama and a bit of darkness.



Everything in this collection from the frilly dresses to the sleek suiting was too gorgeous for words.


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