Pre-Fall “A New Fashion Season”

While visions of love and romantic dinners dance through our heads this time of year, the Pre-Fall 2010 fashion presentations are taking place.

Fashion isn’t just about the spring and fall collections. With a constant need to stay ahead of the game, the industry has realized how crucial the pre-fall shows and the early fashion tips they offer are. With new designers continuously opting to take part, these top up collections have fast become a necessary indicator of what is to come.

Yes, this means you have to add a new fashion season to your calendar. It’s a chance to capitalize upon trends that will only become stronger around this time next year. It’s a glimpse of the direction your favourite fashion labels will be taking next season.

We welcome the anticipated pre-fall shows and we bring you a synopsis of the events and trends for the Pre-Fall season. We’ve noted a trend for theatre and fun with Zac Posen’s Alice in Wonderland inspired dresses and separates and Oscar De La Renta’s foray into pop colour and clashing prints. Alexander Wang and Narciso Rodriguez celebrate proportion play and clever city layering, while Diane Von Furstenberg offers a range of must-haves with her British country meets Boho festival collection. Chloe shows denim, bold prints and fringe details. There also seems to be an emphasis on the color red for cocktail dresses and formal gowns as seen at Diane von Furstenberg, Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta and Carolina Herrera.

But there are some repeated trends too, so you can keep what you have in your closet for next season, such as sheer fabrics and chunky jewelry. Harem pants seems to have survived yet another year as well although they are less gold sequin flash and more black swinging fabric. Padded shoulders have placed a nice curve on what last season was a strong point outwards from the collarbone. It’s a nice change adding a touch more femininity to the collections.

A personal note to remember: While spring cleaning your closets make sure you don’t throw out everything. You can trust your judgement and know that some items will come back in fashion sooner or later.