There's something about pre-fall...

It’s a funny time, pre-fall. A seasonlet which has only recently started to take centre stage in the fashion calendar, but which is definitely crucial to the shape of trends to come as the year progresses. With pre-fall 2011, the looks hitting the runway were as diverse as ever. I still can't believe though that its only the beginning of the year, yet the whole fashion world is already thinking in terms of the middle/end of 2011 right now. Anyway, here is my little trend guide to pre-fall 2011:

Lanvin and Max Mara got in touch with their inner animal, as leopard print and fur dominated for these shows, albeit structured for the sophisticated woman. No untamed cavegirls here. Phillip Lim definitely took the trend to the next level though, featuring sleeveless leather and fur dresses with thigh-skimming hemlines.

Lanvin pre-fall 2011
Phillip Lim pre-fall 2011

Forget the swinging sixties, the seventies were where all the action was happening for The Row and Emilio Pucci, with high-waisted bell-bottomed trousers and wide brimmed hats setting the scene. The romantic hippie vibe was something played upon by many of the designers, with each offering their unique take on the trend. Tracy Reese and Derek Lam matched vests over dresses and tunics, whilst the calf-length skirt and boots combinations were featured for Alice+Olivia and Chloé. All in all, the seventies are here to stay.

Emilio Pucci pre-fall 2011
Alice+Olivia pre-fall 2011

Bold accents of red were the key to adding a splash of the daring to collections by Thakoon and Jenni Kayne. This bright colour may not be for everyone, but by mixing it with sharp silhouttes and tailoring, the designers made sure that its bold hue remains fresh, vibrant and sophisticated.

Jenni Kayne pre-fall 2011
Thakoon pre-fall 2011

Sheer and light fabrics are simply a pre-fall essential, as featured by Rag and Bone and J.Mendel. Think breezy dresses in fresh block colours whilst baring shoulders and legs. Not only are these materials versatile, but they also inspire a feeling of effortless chic underlined by an innocent femininity.

J.Mendel pre-fall 2011
Rag and Bone pre-fall 2011

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