FASHION

Alexander McQueen’s Big Frills, Plus the Best Looks From Pre-Fall 2021

by W Staff
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Historically speaking, pre-fall collections have been among the most lucrative for fashion designers. While the in-between season doesn’t get the spotlight of its own dedicated fashion week, the looks themselves are typically deemed as more wearable than the editorial creations that headline the fall, spring, and haute couture runways. But with the pandemic blowing up the entire fashion cycle as we once knew it, designers are experimenting more with their off-peak designs—and their presentations. Chanel kicked things off with an inspired show at the Château de Chenonceau, a castle in the Loire Valley. And for the first time, Dior staged a pre-collection see-now-buy-now runway presentation—a disco, to be exact, held at Shanghai’s Long Museum West Bund and complete with a live performance from Chinese rock band Black Panther. Check back here often as we track the latest and greatest from the pre-fall collections.

Alexander McQueen
Courtesy Alexander McQueen

THE LOOK: Hybridizations of ready-to-wear in which party dresses meet military parkas and tuxedo suits meet jeans. Richly-hued gowns with exploded ruffle details and frills in both sumptuous fabrics and leather.

THE INSPIRATION: According to the show notes Sarah Burton was focused on silhouette and “a study of clothing and of character: portraits.”

Alexander McQueen
Courtesy Alexander McQueen
Alexander McQueen
Courtesy Alexander McQueen

Valentino
Courtesy Valentino

THE LOOK: Jeans, elevated loungewear, and artful capes and gowns—all of which, when taken together deliver a complete wardrobe for easing back into day-to-night dressing.

THE INSPIRATION: A shifting of Valentino’s glamorous house codes. Per the show notes, creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli aimed to create pieces that are warm and approachable while speaking to every mood.

Valentino
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Valentino
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Marni
Courtesy Marni

THE LOOK: Cozy knits, deconstructed suits, sneakers, wooly shoes and bags: A new artful approach to cozy dressing.

THE INSPIRATION: Romanticism which in Marni-land means providing “a soft shell for hard reality” according to the show notes.

Marni
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Marni
Courtesy Marni
Balenciaga
Patrick Welde
Balenciaga
Patrick Welde
Balenciaga
Patrick Welde
Balenciaga
Patrick Welde
Self Portrait
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Self Portrait
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Christian Dior
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Christian Dior
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Christian Dior
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Christian Dior
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Louis Vuitton
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Louis Vuitton
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Louis Vuitton
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Balmain
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Balmain
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Balmain
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Prabal Gurung
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Prabal Gurung
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Prabal Gurung
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Proenza Schouler
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Proenza Schouler
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Proenza Schouler
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Tory Burch
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Tory Burch
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Tory Burch
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Emilio Pucci
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Emilio Pucci
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Emilio Pucci
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Chanel
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Chanel
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Chanel
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