Ah, pre-fall. It's the season (or "trans-season," as Michael Kors dubbed it) that keeps on giving. We wrote up our first collection for it in late November (it's been a while, Burberry), and now the time has finally come: Bring on the trends!
Per usual, things weren't as flashy as the main Fashion Weeks tend to be, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. It means truly wearable, covetable clothes to buy and wear -- even if we do have to wait until next summer. When thinking about the collections overall, "cohesive" is the word that first comes to mind, though "cozy" and "relaxed" were also bandied about in a lot of the reviews. Think Ralph Lauren's shades of gray, Calvin Klein's cozy knits, or Alexander Wang's solemn departure from spring's logomania. While these descriptors may not initially excite, there is definitely plenty to look forward to.
Click through to see all the notable trends from pre-fall 2014.
Christian Dior and Viktor & Rolf went back to school for their spring collections, and the vibe has trickled down to pre-fall. Designers kept things collegiate with skirts and a monochrome color palette.
Orange is the New Black
The citrus hue was splashed across pretty much anything and everything, but looked especially great on cozy coats.
Forest greens, teals and pines popped up in plenty of collections, giving radiant orchid a run for its money.
Designers played around with fringe in unexpected ways -- our favorite being the spinal column on a souped-up dress from Alexander Wang and a skirt from 10 Crosby Derek Lam.
Consider this a fresh take on the always popular color-blocking, only this time combining not only color, but print and fabric.
Livening up the staple bomber jacket were a variety of prints and fabrics. And we might be biased, but the cat print from Markus Lupfer was our favorite.
Fit To Be Tied
Workplace-ready but also adorable in more playful settings, pussy bows came in all shapes and sizes. We're especially fond of the trompe l'oeil version from Alice & Olivia.
Bundle of Joy
Everyone seems to be cozying up with a blanket coat. Chloé's collection began with a version straight from the archives, and Chanel's Western-inspired show would not have been complete without this cozy take on outerwear.
A blanket coat isn't the only way to stay warm. Turtlenecks, whether soft and slouchy or stiff and straight, can do the job too.
Plaid on Plaid
Don't count on the '90s trend going away any time soon. Plaid is here to stay, and it looks like there's no overdoing it.
Whether a clever way to shorten the length of a dress or just a simple adornment, mesh and sheer hems were seen on plenty of frocks.
A month has passed since we caught this trend, and it didn't slow down one bit. These are truly the pants of the season.
Whether you want to call them "historical" (Veronique Branquinho), "folkloric" (Tsumori Chisato), or "bishop" (Giles), it all comes down to one thing: Puffy sleeves have arrived.