Our trusty fashion and style source, Vogue.com, recently presented the designer collections for pre-Fall 2013. As we reviewed them for you, we noticed an apparent trend. Sound the alarm! Yes sir, code words include: military, tailored, androgynous, masculine-ish, corporate, over-sized, padded, leather, and trench. It seems that our favorite top designers have worked on collections that could dress an army (get it?) of powerful independent women. We are going to see feminized baggy and stiff pieces that may not hug the figure, but scream tough, no-nonsense, we-mean-business kind of air; pieces that are, in their own right, as sexy as a skimpy lingerie. You don’t believe us? Check out these ten designer collections that will explicitly prove our point.
Sure, Calvin Klein Collection will always be about minimalism, but [Francisco] Costa seems to have turned away from the hyper-femininity he presented for Spring to focus instead on a covered-up, pared-down wearability. Costa wouldn’t say whether any of this was indicative of what he’s planning for fall, but only said, “It’s the same woman. There’s a sense of strength, security, and beauty. It’s all about beauty, after all.” ~by Emily Holt for Vogue.com
Erdem Moralioglu is a perfect exemplar of that fired-up London ambition to leap further, do better, and delight more. Pre-Fall isn’t just something he’s dashed off on the way to the more important Fall show. “It’s my laboratory,” he says. “It’s where I can experiment, and think about where my woman’s going next.” ~by Sarah Mower for Vogue.com
Narciso Rodriguez has been moving toward a more languid line since last season, and he’s taken that gentle freedom of movement a step further for pre-fall. “Let the newness be in the cut,” said Rodriguez, turning toward a model in slouchy burnt-orange pants and a beaded rust-colored tee that draped loosely across the shoulder. The palette recalled the warm hues that came through for spring, as did the cool, easy attitude. ~by Chioma Nnadi for Vogue.com