We've been noticing a fair amount of forest green in the pre-fall collections of designers -- a trend far more wearable than the gauchos we also keep coming across -- and none perhaps as lust-worthy as the short mink rounded jacket we saw at Derek Lam (pictured left).
The jacket has a simple enough shape -- open front, soft rounded collar and shoulders, straight sleeves, a cut just above the hipbone. What we love about is its rich green hue, which Lam calls, fittingly, "petrol." It may not be as soft and buttery as the colored furs we saw at Oscar de la Renta, but Lam's take has a dimension to it, a way of changing color at every turn, that's far more striking.
Beyond the wonderful mink jacket, the collection featured some beautiful knits (see look #4), which I'm putting at the tippy top of my pre-fall shopping list. There were some interesting bottoms as well: wide-legged shorts, gauchos and, most unusual of all, flared pants that hit above the ankle (see looks #2, #3 and #4). The flared pants had a cool '70s vibe, and are a refreshing alternative to the slim cropped trousers we've all been wearing for the past few years. Plus, they make for a flattering silhouette, which is always welcome.
You can see the full pre-fall look book in the slideshow below.