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Pre-Fall for the new year is almost a direct reflection of last. Contemporary classics, off-centred with a little ’70s infusion leaves us caught in this chic in-between season, where strong femininity is almost compulsory at this point. Case in-point: vibes of Stella McCartney’s play on circles for 2015 were inherited, while Edun and Max Mara paved the way for structured outerwear. At this point, I’m wondering if these parallels are a diversion away from the fashion calendar and developing a more standardized pattern. I’m all for it.

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SPORTMAX

The blocked-monochromatic theme throughout Sportmax’s showing tugged my mod heartstrings. Inspired by the Europe’s futurist architecture, the label debuted circular cut-outs and oversized buttons atop knit pieces for an Edun-esque run-through. I love the theme of wide-legged menswear as a base, with long-lined dresses and jackets layered over for an alternative silhouette.

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AREA

A first for any of my collections round-up, new label (to me) Area, won me over in their design approach over the actual, tangible product (despite it serving some serious Chloe-meets-Acne ~vibes~). Designers, Beckett Fogg and Piotrek Panszczyk, first look to their wardrobe before starting on another season, reviewing their most worn pieces and things they’re perhaps lacking. For Pre-Fall, many garments were conceived in a hydrophobic wool blend that will repel liquids–from a deep merlot to a dark bold. It’s the process from sourcing to sewing that’s rendered their label unique since 2000, when they initially started designing.

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STELLA MCCARTNEY

Stella just debuted her offerings for Pre-Fall in LA, taking over Amoeba Music in Hollywood. Models weaved their way around the storefront venue specializing in vintage records–fitting, while Bowie blared through the speakers (Stella’s tribute to the late icon who unfortunately passed on Monday). What was interesting to me about the staged-soundroom set was the youthful contrast to some of the more modern and mature pieces. Side note: shoutout to Canadian singer, Dallas Green, for playing at the event.

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DION LEE

I’ll admit, I never usually hover over Dion’s name when it comes to Fall/Winter collections, let alone Pre-Fall. Although quite stereotypical of me, being Australian, he’s just not one I’d expect to invest in outside of the warmer temps. It was the intense backdrop of red dunes that intrigued me, followed by the clean-cut, car-wash coat and leather accent wraps. Note to self: never underestimate a designer’s ability to climatize–nor Dion’s creative maturity as he expands his burgeoning eponymous label.

 

This is an excerpt from the article Best Of: Pre-Fall 16 which originally appeared on http://ethcsofstyl.com/.