We take a look at more of this season's standout Pre-Fall 2014 shows from Ralph Lauren, The Row, Louis Vuitton, ISSA and Matthew Williamson. (For past Pre-Fall 2014 coverage click here.)
Pre-Fall marked Blue Farrier’s first season as creative director for ISSA and she turned out a stellar collection complete with the classic draped and wrap dresses we’ve come to expect from the brand, but surprisingly kept them to a minimum, focusing instead on separates and outerwear. Beautiful ponchos, blanket coats, wide arm jacket and coats and pantsuits stood out.
The only misstep – a bronze pajama-like two piece look.
Pre-Fall was designed in the midst of the Marc Jacobs/Nicolas Ghesquière transition, making for a lineup that felt a bit jumbled at times – a little sporty, a little 60s, a little classic… but thoughts on the ready-to-wear were overshadowed by the collection’s killer over-the-knee boots.
It wouldn’t be a Matthew Williamson collection without color and vibrant prints, but this season the designer gave them a particularly wearable bend. Standouts included his series of prints (a mix of cocktail glasses, birds and greenery), especially those set against a black backdrop.
He also showed some beautiful monochrome pieces including a strapless fuchsia jumper. Pre-Fall was rounded out with a series of textured looks and floor-sweeping gowns.
There was an effortlessness to Ralph Lauren’s neutral-toned collection this season. Soft knits, loose trousers, easy slip dresses and cozy off the shoulder tops made for a beautiful collection that emphasized luxe fabrications and closet staple cuts.
There has been much buzz surrounding The Row’s collection this season as it was shown on models whose ages ranged from their 40s to their 70s. Fittingly, it was a lineup of classics that stayed true to the brand’s philosophy of focusing on luxury materials fashioned into oversized basics and laced in with statement accessories (their bestselling backpack morphed into a fanny pack this season).