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10 Defining Pre-Fall 2011 Looks

Unlike the Spring and Fall fashion show seasons, the Pre-Fall presentations aren’t wrapped in one clean swoop. They go on for weeks, which gives us time to digest the season’s spectrum. Here are 10 defining looks from the Pre-Fall 2011 collections which should provide some cues as to what to grab for the season.

J. Mendel furDiane von Furstenberg color-blocked outfit Pre-Fall 2011

Fur is in for the season, and no one does it like J. Mendel. Iconic designer Diane von Furstenberg brought back the wrap dress, color-blocking, and other 70s staples in her vibrant collection.

Michael Kors Red CoatOscar de la Renta menswear-inspired lookRed isn’t going anywhere, if these collections are any indication. Here’s a stand-out look from Michael Kors. In a nod to menswear, pick up a pair of loose trousers, Oscar de la Renta-style, for the ultimate feminine take on the relaxed silhouette. 

Jason Wu neutral look Pre-Fall 2011Philip Lim monochromatic blue outfit

Neutrals always come around again on the runways, but color-blocking is just as integral to the Pre-Fall collections. A great example is this look from Jason Wu’s collection.  Add a touch of feminine frill during the day with a bow-tie waist-cinching belt.  3.1 Philip Lim perfects pant detailing this season. 

Rag & BoneBurberry Prorsum

Show off your summer bod with a sheer look from Rag & Bone – it’s sexy without showing too much skin. Wear jewel tone accessories, like the ones we saw at Burberry Prorsum.

Chanel Pre-Fall 2011 Karl LagerfeldErdem Pre-Fall 2011

Go head-to-toe regal, Karl Lagerfeld-style – this means intricate embroidery and beading! Here’s a look from Chanel. Go for an abstract take on classic flowers, like this dress from print aficionado Erdem Moralioglu.

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