Pre-Fall Collections 2009

A look at the season's latest collections.

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NAEEM KHAN: Naeem Khan stepped up the glamour quotient with an array of colors and patterns on his evening and cocktail dresses. And with the economy in mind, the designer also scaled back prices and offered knitwear and separates.


NARCISO RODRIQUEZ: Narciso Rodriguez infused his collages into bold prints on silk dresses and tops, creating a layered effect.


NICOLE MILLER: Inspired by astrology, Nicole Miller incorporated a star motif into prints and embroideries on tunics and dresses.


NINA RICCI: Olivier Theyskens asked himself, "If I was a girl, what would I want? What would I need?" These were the questions behind his pre-fall collection for Nina Ricci.


OSCAR DE LA RENTA: Good times and bad, one can always count on Oscar de la Renta to deliver real clothes, the kind that have at least a prayer of being purchased and worn.


PRADA: Miuccia Prada channeled the power woman via luxe fabrics and volume play in a mostly black and gray collection.


PROENZA SCHOULER: Designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez showed a collection of wool jersey separates and leather pieces with a cool-casual sensibility for pre-fall.


RACHEL ROY: The designer was inspired by "Bugsy Malone" for her chic, quirky collection.


RAG & BONE: Rag & Bone stayed true to its men’s wear-inspired roots, softened up with silky numbers.


REEM ACRA: “It’s all about understated luxury,” said the designer, and, with the rich-looking beadwork on these dresses, no jewelry will be required.


RENA LANGE: It was a night with Juliette Gréco in Paris for Julian Neale and his design team, whose lineup featured sculptural tweed jackets, pleated pants and soft chiffon skirts.


RICHARD CHAI: Richard Chai mixed textures and contrasted strong, constructed pieces with soft and fluid ones.


ROBERTO CAVALLI: Cavalli played up botanical, animal and feather motifs in a neutral palette with dashes of turquoise and fuchsia.


SONIA RYKIEL: Colorado met Paris chez Sonia Rykiel for pre-fall, with sophisticated Western motifs.


ST. JOHN: “Customers are looking for investment dressing and ensembles that can be worn from day to night,” St. John ceo Glenn McMahon says of pre-fall.


STELLA MCCARTNEY: Stella McCartney opted for easy stand-alone pieces that can be tossed
together with a cool attitude.


TORY BURCH:  Inspired by “the quirky style of Americans living in Venice in the Sixties,” Tory Burch infused mosaic prints into her feminine blouses and day dresses.


TULEH: Winter gardens were the inspiration behind Bryan Bradley’s collection for Tuleh.


VERSACE: Donatella Versace emphasized bold, graphic silhouettes.


VERA WANG: Drawing on the “boyish sophistication” of Gabrielle Chanel, Vera Wang played up a narrow silhouette in a mostly dark palette, showing cropped trousers and long cotton tunics, the latter with embellished panels.


VIKTOR & ROLF: Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren based their lineup on draped construction
and long, lean silhouettes with rounded volume at the shoulders.


YVES SAINT LAURENT: Stefano Pilati’s elegant, men’s wear-influenced collection featured braided effects on flannel frocks and swirling drapes and twists on evening dresses.


ZAC POSEN: Posen showed a salon-style presentation with plenty of French flair.


ZERO + MARIA CORNEJO: Prints were key for Maria Cornejo as she worked her usual geometric shapes in seasonless fabrics.





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