40 Best Looks From Pre-Fall 2016


The Pre-Fall collections are always a far-reaching and diverse mix of looks. This season was no different. Designers leaned towards artful prints and plenty of color this season, but they took many different routes with these ongoing themes. To help you sift through the expansive offerings, here are the most standout pieces of the season, from jewel-tone slip dresses layered over button-ups to matching, print-on-print ensembles. Here, W editors weigh in.


Gucci Look 54

Alessandro Michele’s Gucci continues to excite us all. Pre-Fall was a strong continuation of his previous seasons: a clever mix of eclectic, bright and fun clothes. — Rickie De Sole


Alexander McQueen Look 26

No one does evening like Sarah Burton at McQueen. This modern, fluid, sequin gown is Oscar ready! — Rickie De Sole


Altuzarra Look 4

I love this look (and Joseph) for his ability to wow you with fashion forward pieces but still remain practical. The looks where he mixed daywear knits with embellished separates were standouts. — Rickie De Sole


Chanel Look 58

Fashion is having a love affair with the slip dress and Chanel proved the trend is here to stay. — Rickie De Sole


Valentino Look 47

With 84 looks in the collection it’s hard to choose just one! I love the effortlessness of these painted Valentino pajamas. — Rickie De Sole


Adam Lippes Look 4

I love the ease of an oversized knit paired with a feminine floral skirt. When worn with a statement flat, the overall look and feel is effortless and chic. — Sam Milner


Burberry Look 8

Come Fall, I’ll be searching for the perfect cozy winter coat. This Burberry shearling will be an investment piece I can keep for years. — Sam Milner


Calvin Klein Look 1

I love the juxtaposition of a minimalist camel coat with an extravagant fur cuff. — Sam Milner


J.W. Anderson Look 17

J.W. Anderson scaled back the exaggerated shapes and prints of his Spring collection reinventing his vision in a more wearable but still quirky version for Pre Fall. — Sam Milner


Victoria Beckham Look 14

With the simplicity of a slip dress, this knit dress makes for the optimal summer to fall transition piece. — Sam Milner


Boss Look 3

Jason Wu has turned out classic and clean options for the last two years at Boss. A chic leather skirt and bow blouse are perfect not only for Pre-Fall, but for all seasons. —Caroline Grosso


Cinq à Sept Look 11

Cinq à Sept’s debut collection took place at the old-school Soho restaurant Raoul’s, and all of the looks shown felt like they would fit into any hip downtown spot. This floral suit in particular stood out for its laid-back ease. —Caroline Grosso


DVF Look 21

Diane Von Furstenberg is known for creating easy wearable pieces for any occasion, and this chic pleated skirt number with cropped coat is perfect for transitional weather. —Caroline Grosso


Dion Lee Look 2

Because everyone loves a fluffy coat. Mongolian is about to give shearling a run for its money as the favorite coat among the fashion set. —Caroline Grosso


Erdem Look 21

Romantic, moody blooms make this a perfect dress for any fall event. —Caroline Grosso


Giambattista Valli Look 16

A tie-neck blouse and a bold print! This look is retro and modern all at once. —Caroline Grosso


Givenchy Look 22

All you really need for fall – a sexy slip dress and a big, bold fur! —Caroline Grosso


Jason Wu Look 22

This pant is everything – the borrow-from-the-boys fabric feels super classic but the slouchy silhouette feels modern and new. —Caroline Grosso


Nili Lotan Look 26

The slip dress lives on, and wearing it over an undone button-up feels fresh. —Caroline Grosso


Tome Look 18

The Tome boys always offer such good shirting, and it was so nice to see them offer shirt-dressing options after it proved to be such a trend during spring. The extra long shirt cuffs and asymmetrical skirt are bold touches that make the idea of shirt- dressing feel new. —Caroline Grosso


Carven Look 18 For their Pre-Fall collection, the French brand took cues from its British neighbor across the water with a wool knit and Prince of Wales check skirt. — Nora Milch


Michael Kors Look 18

Michael Kors makes slouchy utility pants feel feminine with a floral print but keeps the look feeling sporty with a chic white backpack. — Nora Milch


Oscar de la Renta Look 31

Peter Copping’s Pre-Fall collection for Oscar de la Renta was particularly stunning. My favorite dress was this flesh-tone lace gown – surely worthy of a major red carpet moment this year.


No. 21 Look 28

Alessandro Del’Acqua mixes things up with a menswear inspired tuxedo top in pale blue lace and boyfriend jeans in his No. 21 Pre-Fall collection. — Nora Milch


Sonia Rykiel Look 28

I adore the ease of Sonia Rykiel’s evening slip gown paired with a mid-length, double- breasted wool and fur coat. — Nora Milch


DSquared Look 30

This double-breasted suit is an effortless alternative to any evening dress, a 60s Brigitte Bardot proved just how feminine it could be. — Sarah Zendejas


Nina Ricci Look 15

The slip, coat, boot combo makes this Nina Ricci look both delicate and tough rendering a woman strong and vulnerable. — Sarah Zendejas


Philosophy Look 7

Lorenzo Serafini continues to present covetable pieces since his debut last February – this knit dress is a must have. — Sarah Zendejas


Rochas Look 33

This Rochas gown is the epitome of casual elegance – one can imagine a woman hosting a formal dinner party at home. — Sarah Zendejas


Stella McCartney Look 28

This ensemble is worthy of any of Sofia Coppola’s heroines. — Sarah Zendejas


Creatures of the Wind Look 3

Creatures of the Wind’s Fall 2016 collection thrived on pieces that felt like they could be easily plucked from the look book and slid gracefully into every working woman’s weekly wardrobe rotation. The graphic prints and 50s inspired jackets felt clean and fresh for transitional layering pieces. — Sam Walker


Edun Look 17

Inspired by the Belgian choreographer Akarova, most of the collection had a vibrant setting and pivotal geometric standout pieces. However, the last look by Edun’s Danielle Sherman stole my eye with boardroom meets bondage straps unraveling off an otherwise minimal suede coat. — Sam Walker


Margiela Look 10

Galliano’s Pre-Fall collection for Margiela gave me the first prick of excitement for the Fall shows. There were unexpected colors like a burnt clementine and the awkward sex appeal the house is known for was rampant. However, this side swept tweed number paired with the iconic Tabi boots had my name and credit card number written all over it. — Sam Walker


McQ Alexander McQueen Look 1

Long and lean and everything in between. This stripe-on-stripe take on daytime pajamas, paired with a perfect trench, is the ideal way to elongate any body type. — Sam Walker


MM6 Look 10

With a collection full of tough fabrics and silhouettes, like bombers and patent leather, this flouncy chiffon frock felt fresh next to its counterparts. Unraveling at the seams and bare underneath, the juvenile first impression gave way to an underlying eroticism. — Sam Walker


Mary Katrantzou Look 19

Better known for her colorful prints, Mary incorporated more of a streamlined, sleek silhouette with a touch of futuristic mod. — Tina Huynh


Prabal Gurung Look 34

The high leg slit and bold blue sweater is a great seasonal transition. — Tina Huynh


Christopher Kane Look 6

Christopher Kane drew upon his inspirations from past collections for this one, and his touches of neon gaffer tape will most definitely stop traffic. — Tina Huynh


Delpozo Look 7

The most covetable part of Delpozo’s Pre-Fall collection are the oversized 80s, American sporty prep sweaters. — Tina Huynh


Fendi Look 6

Fendi gives Ugg a run for its money – these furry slip-ons are as cozy as they are covetable. — Tina Huynh