Hooray, Pre-Fall RTW is here! so what is the difference, you ask, between Pre-Fall and just plain old Fall/Winter? Designers unveil their pre-fall ready-to-wear lineup bereft of the mammoth overindulgence and pretense of the Fall/Winter Couture runway shows. In other words, it’s when you buy the clothes you will actually wear and not regret the next day.

Truth be told, unless you are donning extravagant ball gowns or lavish regalia 24/7, most of your sartorial purchases that take you from season to season are from a pre-fall collection. Your favorite separates and the dresses that constitute your wardrobe staples. But more than that, they are the pieces that show the world who you are day after day. They also give us room to experiment with more daring colors, shapes, and combinations while retaining the part of us that craves some comfort and freedom from the whims of capricious designers.

Pre-Fall 2020 takes shape in the form of innovative textures, cutting-edge materials, and a dose of retro updates. Skirt lengths are all over the map, with midi and mini dueling for the top spot. Suit dressing is actually hip, while slinky yet versatile separates are on everyone’s list as large gala affairs have given way to more intimate gatherings or evenings at hom_e.

The Wear Everywhere Dress

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Akris Belted Sleeveless Wool Long Shift Dress

Transitioning to fall couldn’t be more natural than in this dress from the luxury design house of Akris. A notched collar, side pockets, and A-line maxi silhouette render this a fall all-occasion essential.

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Chloé Belted Mélange Wood and Silk Midi

A figure-hugging ribbed knit polo dress that defines modern fashion minimalism.  Pair with a statement choker or handbag for a coveted “it girl” air.

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Fendi Ruffled Lightweight Flannel Shirtdress

Channel your good girl vs go-go girl reveries in this Fendi gem. Featuring the season’s statement blouson sleeves and quilted skirt. It’s everything we love from decades past with just the right amount of 21st century sensibility

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Issey Miyake Musical Score Sleeveless Midi Dress

The pleated finish gives a bouncy texture while showcasing the premium fabric and striking asymmetric hemline.  Sheer quality that speaks in whispers of gathered pleats and modernist structure.

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Valentino Silk Wool Crepe Midi Dress

Made of virgin wool and silk, the slim V-neck torso is accentuated with the Valentino statement belt. Flowing bias pleats create a naturally flowing profile.

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Andrew Gin Brocade Balloon Sleeve Dress

A jeweled crew neckline in shimmering shades of autumn heighten the temptation of this spectacular sheath dress. 

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Altuzarra Kura Leather Shirt Dress

You can wear a leather dress and still be a lady. A gathered waist and spread collar add some girly charm to this Altuzarra leather dress. The side slit deals an edgy turn.  Show off your inner vixen paired with pointy-toe pumps or stiletto heel boots.

Yellow is the Warmest Color

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Balenciaga Oversized Cable Knit Sweater

A raw unfinished hem and mock neck add an urban edge to this lemon yellow sweater. A bold look that is equally at home with casual jeans or a structured skirt.

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Gucci Wool and Silk Blend Dress

Inspired by high-society women of Paris in the ’40s, this Gucci design has all the retro feels while residing in the here and now. With a grosgrain trim and signature crystal-encrusted chain belt.

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Gucci Light GG Lam Wide Pants

The enchanting golden yellow hue captivate the eye.  The incomparable craftsmanship and detail will capture your desire for the ultimate in prestige dressing.

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Max Mara Cotton Poplin Dress

Brighten up your weekend with this lovely number.  Three-quarter kimono sleeves, flared skirt, and wide sash make this as comfortable as it is charming.

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Marchesa Embellished Satin Gown

Festooned with sparkling crystals, beads, and pearls, this kaftan-gown is ideally suited for at home glamour or a family celebration.

Blazers of Glory

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Alexander McQueen Herringbone Peplum Pleated Blazer

Color-blocked wool with a peak lapel and peplum waist.  Power dressing with an unflinching femme-fatale flair.

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Brandon Maxwell Satin Hooded Blazer Jacket

Utilitarian glamour.  Indoors or out, this luxury coat/blazer combo has you covered in any season.

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Proenza Schouler Jersey Double-Breasted Blazer

From one of the most original fashion houses today.  Tulip cuffs, an asymmetric hemline, and slim fit give this blazer extra high-style credentials.

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Nina Ricci Silk Pleated Waist Jacket

Refined romanticism incarnate.  A collarless jacket with a cinched waist and peplum hem read like a renaissance romance. Wear it when you want to flaunt your girly side who knows what chic dressing is all about.

Super Hero Separates

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Balmain High-Waisted Zip Pencil Skirt

A versatile pencil skirt that is the backbone of any wardrobe. The zippered front allows you to be as sexy or proper as the occasion dictates. The high waist gives extra tummy control and even allows you to wear the crop-top styles you crave without exposing skin. 

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Alexander Wang Chain V-Neck Pullover

Speaking of crop tops, this is one you can’t pass up.  Made of faux fur with a dramatic chain link neck detail, wear it with your favorite pants or pencil skirt for unapologetic sex appeal.

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Burberry Quilted Shell Skirt

Swinging London Burberry style. A classic A-line skirt produced from the cushy diamond-quilted shell for which the label is famous. 

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Brock Collection Tiered Silk Chiffon Skirt

Your inner-gypsy comes alive in swirls of silk chiffon.  Twirl the day or night away in circles of layered fabric with a bow-tied waist. Combine with an oversized slouchy sweater or sleek tank and sandals for maximum versatility.

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Etro Stained Glass Poncho

Who can resist an Etro scarf print?  This intricately printed poncho features open shoulders for a sprinkle of extra sensuality. Wear out to dinner, home entertaining, or over skinny jeans and ankle boots. The vivid colors will enhance your mood and put a smile on everyone’s face.

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Andrew Gin Pleated Silk Georgette Long Sleeve Blouse

Our favorite alternative to skirt and blazer dressing.  Crisp white silk georgette with pleated bodice detail and pleated bell sleeves. A high-neck collar and back-tie sash render this tunic truly irresistible.

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Isabel Marant Floral Print Jersey Skirt

An asymmetric hemline with cascading folds give the illusion of a wrapped sarong. This pull-on skirt exemplifies boutique Parisian cool.