• Nicole Miller RTW Pre-Fall 2019

    3 days ago - By WWD

    Nicole Miller featured her pre-fall collection on a character who embodied its mix of tough and tender - model and professional skydiver Alyona Subbotina.
    “I had such a strong personality wear them. She worked into the story because I felt I always design for that strong girl who has the feminine soft side and the edge together,” Miller mused. Camouflage prints with tiny flowers were mixed with dark floral prints on multiple easy dresses, and most memorably on an oversize utility coat. One little black dress had bows sewn all over it. “If you're a goody-two-shoe, you make it all bows, and...
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  • R13 Pre-Fall 2019

    3 days ago - By WWD

    R13's Chris Leba is in the throes of consolidating his offices into a new downtown space - and gearing up to open his first brick-and-mortar store on the ground level sometime next year. Women's market is in full swing, then men's, then women's again.
    He drew light inspiration for his pre-fall from Sofia Coppola's film “Marie Antoinette,” enticed by its frivolity and baroque elements. Subtle winks to the film were seen in the ruffles on billowing button-down shirts, and sand-washed floral-printed silks rendered into easy and sexy tops with animal print accents. Otherwise, the collection...
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  • Jonathan Simkhai Pre-Fall 2019

    3 days ago - By WWD

    Jonathan Simkhai swirled all of his categories - ready-to-wear, swim and new lingerie - into his pre-fall lineup. Inspiration gleaned from a trip to Morocco resulted in an overarching theme of disco glamour and rich color derived from turmeric gold and bougainvillea pink and magenta to tie everything together, though there was diversity in the range. Many styles came with built-in lingerie layering pieces that solved the problem posed by wanting to create a louche look without struggling to find slips and underpinnings in the right lengths, colors and fabrications. For example, a magenta...
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  • Kimora Lee Simmons Pre-Fall 2019

    3 days ago - By WWD

    Kimora Lee Simmons has had a successful trajectory creating packable and polished blouses and dresses that suit her busy lifestyle. She took the brand a step further for pre-fall, offering a mix of eclectic party attire, edgy daywear and breezy summer separates with an urban jungle theme running through it.
    There was a noticeable thread of ease that speaks to both consumer demand for work-to-dinner attire and the collection's summer delivery window. Elevated pajama sets in a navy watercolor pattern were lightweight and office appropriate, as was a tropical print wrap top that doubled as a...
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  • Akris RTW Pre-Fall 2019

    3 days ago - By WWD

    In place of the inspiration for one specific artist for his pre-fall collection, Albert Kriemler looked to his time in Switzerland in combination with a warm-hued undertone of an Indian summer.
    “Nature being a constant reference in my work, this is a journey through nature in the Swiss alps with my view of the mountains and the most refined St. Gallen embroidery,” Kriemler described of a wonderful halter-neck black gown with a graphic line-print embroidery of the mountain, also seen on a wrap jacket and matching trouser. Plaids sets and most notably, the designer's bright “Indian summer”...
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