It's that feeling when you have just returned from a summer holiday and although the weather is still warm in most of Europe, you can feel the inevitability of autumn in the air.
This transit between seasons can also make shopping a bit worrying because although the heat is still on, we are faced with fashion stores displaying pieces designed for the upcoming colder weather. And although there is probably quite a bit left on the sales rails, it seems odd to buy anything that you won't be able to wear this winter bound.
Stepping in to ease these tricky fashion dilemmas are the pre-fall collections, which - like it's pre-summer sibling the cruise collections - comes in between one of the main catwalk collections, in this case fall/winter. Pre-fall collections are usually part of small capsule collections released by designers, and instead of waiting for autumn, they hit the stores now.
The pre-fall collections help to fill a gap in the retail market between summer and fall/winter collections. The pre-fall season usually consists of pieces that are in line and aesthetically similar to the more comprehensive fall/winter collections, although they do tend to offer more commercially appealing looks. Not every designer includes a pre-fall collection, but I have seen more and more designers introducing this commercially placed addition and it's quickly becoming an official addition to the fashion calendar. Most of the big names carry a pre-fall collection, with some of the most prominent including Boss, Jason Wu, Balenciaga, Acne Studios, MM6 Maison Margiela, Dior, Givenchy,Max Mara, Stella McCartney etc etc
Some of the top pre-fall trends to buy for this season that are going to work noware - big pants, clashing colours, smart utilitarian military style pieces, like the jumpsuit I am still craving and if you can possible bear it and you still have time to catch some of this summer's sales, stock up on coloured tights. You're going to need them for sure .
Article First appeared in La Provincia