It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like…

fashion // December 11, 2009

Designers are getting into the spirit – the spirit of fashion, that is. Christmas may well be on its way but December also means that it’s a mere 8 weeks until Fashion Week, and as such designers are beginning to show their Pre-Fall 2010 collections. Here are some of my favorites:
J. Mendel
Known for his dreamy gowns and chic cocktail frocks, Gilles Mendel knows what a girl wants. This collection reminded of me of, well, right now. The splashes of gold and bursts of red are exactly what I would want to be wearing to the upcoming holiday festivities. Note: Observe the spotted tights. Looks like this trend is here to stay.

Chanel

Karl Lagerfeld is constantly telling us a story with his designs, and this particular story was about China. Shanghai provided the backdrop and inspiration for Lagerfeld’s Chanel Pre-Fall 2010 show (and what a show it was). Taking cues from the Terracotta Army and Chinese Cinema, the collection featured knee-length dresses with jewel encrusted panels, chiffon gowns, and plenty of leather leggings. The accessories were focused on the heritage of the Chinese with oversized bracelets, necklaces with tassels and cone hats.

Oscar de la Renta
Oh, Oscar. I do love you so. For his Pre-Fall collection, the Italian couturier said he was tired of the gloom and doom of the tumbling economy (aren’t we all?) and was in the mood for something optimistic and cheerful. The upbeat collection that it was featured pops of color, an array of textures and plenty of embellished embroidery. The color palette was all over the place ranging from aquamarine to ruby red to pink. And it didn’t stop there. The accessories were just as bold with oversized necklaces and printed scarves. Finally, Oscar can’t end a show without a lineup of his hallmark red carpet-worthy gowns. The black – even after all of that color -was certainly my favorite (I have a feeling we’ll be seeing this one on one of our favorite celebrities come March).

Diane von Furstenberg
I’ve gotten a taste of what this lady is going to show us for Fall, and I like it. DVF gave us a youthful and fresh collection with pieces that will take us all the way from a chic cocktail party to the stands of a Kings of Leon concert. The clothes appeared comfortable and effortless yet still maintained a put-together look. Ms. von Furstenberg described her inspiration as a girl “who is breaking the rules yet playing the game at the same time.” I’ll play.

So, readers, who are your favorites for Pre-Fall 2010?