The inspiration behind Vera Wang's pre-fall collection was apparently Jane Birkin and YSL in Paris circa the 1960s--references we didn't necessarily get from the modern and layered collection. But we were happy to overlook the confusing references because the clothes were all so pretty and wearable.
There were floaty chiffon blouses and dresses in soft shades of grey, bright orange (apparently the color of 2012), and psychedelic prints, many of which were cut higher in the front, with a flowy train in the back (yes, the mullet dress isn't going anywhere). All of the fabrics were sumptuously soft but our favorite had to be the delicate chiffon (in grey and black) that had been ingeniously fused with a felt, which made it virtually impossible not to stroke and gave the most summery and light fabrics a weightier and more winter-appropriate vibe (although we doubt it'd do anything to keep out the cold).
The outerwear, save for a kimono-inspired jacket, felt more utilitarian and sturdy, though, again, they were soft and lightweight--perfect for layering but not necessarily for practical staying-warm purposes. Which is kind of the point since, as was explained to me at the press preview, the pre-fall collection hits stores in the summer and stays on the racks for a good half of the year so the clothes have to work for all seasons. In that respect, this collection definitely hit the mark.