When you compare Reed Krakoff’s Pre-Fall collection, with his Fall collections, you see many similarities. Both collections use animal prints, such as leopard and snakeskin, furs and tweeds as a key fabric, and black & white as the key hues, but unlike Krakoff’s Fall, the Pre-Fall collection lacks one thing: structure. As pencil skirts get embellished in chains. A knit sweater gets fur embellished sleeves. And fabrics of all kinds get layered all together on a strapless gown, creating this such effortless structure.
Butterfly embroidered gowns at Valentino. Insect wings outlining the gowns at Honor. Carolina Herrera taps her Pre-Fall collection, “Bee Happy.” Elephants and dragons are drawn on to the pieces at Roberto Cavalli. A feather coat adds that Wow factor at Chanel’s Pre-Fall show in Dallas. And Jean Paul Gaultier has only these words to describe his latest Haute Couture collection, “Life is a Butterfly!”
Ever since the Pre-Fall season began, designers have been looking out their windows for inspiration on their latest collections. Throughout the Pre-Fall collections, many designers demonstrated the importance of outerwear, with fur and feathered separates. While Reed Krakoff’s collection sure did seem to show off some of my favorite animal prints. Some designers seemed to opt more for flowers and insects, especially during last week’s Haute Couture Fashion Week. Carolina Herrera takes inspiration from the bumble bee, while at Valentino comes a segment filled with Butterfly embroidered gowns, in both the brand’s Haute Couture and Pre-Fall collection. While flowers get their share at Zuhair Murad, Giambattista Valli, and Elie Saab’s Haute Couture collections; and Matthew Williamson’s Pre-Fall collection. I guess doing something as simple as looking out the windows can produce a really fascinating collection.
A fur coat. A snakeskin clutch. A leather boot. And a leopard printed dress. To name some of my favorite Animal printed staples for Fall, that were seen a lot throughout Reed Krakoff‘s Pre-Fall 2014 collection. Where Krakoff mixes your favorite animal printed staples, giving them an edgy and punk twist. Snakeskin and leather boots are paired with an olive hoodie and a matching skirt in a draping fabric, while a tan furry trench gets a Masculine remake with a chocolate sequined tee, and matching baggy pants. As a whole, your left with a collection perfect for mixing your favorite Animal printed pieces and edgy staples together.