Pre-Autumn 2012: Proenza, Philip Lim & Rag & Bone
The Pre-Autumn 2012 season continues, with an urban, sporty aesthetic proving popular among New York-based designers. Proenza Schouler combined feminine garments such as the bustier top and pencil skirt with utilitarian design details including drawstrings, poppers and quilted pieces featuring exposed zips and pockets. The label’s signature flecked tweed made an appearance for the season in bright tangerine and emerald, while layering worked to create a cool, laidback vibe.
Likewise, Rag & Bone included bomber jackets, A-line cheerleader-inspired skirts, and layered vests in its downtown, youthful Pre-Autumn collection. Tie-dye pieces and head turbans gave the urban, tomboyish collection a traveller vibe for a dishevelled, easygoing overall aesthetic. LA-based Band of Outsiders looked East with a distinctly Manhattan-inspired collection. Crombie coats, oversized plaid dresses and buttoned-up shirts made for a preppy, pulled-together look, while stripes and multi-laced shoes added a sporty edge to the boy-meets-girl collection.
Crimson accents were a key feature at 3.1 Philip Lim with cuffs, shoes, bags and shirts in popping red injecting a warm burst of colour. The extensive 38-look line was typical Lim, with tailored trousers, layered jackets and feminine dresses working to create a cohesive collection. Lim added a sense of humour to the Pre-Autumn collection, with comic-book-style graphics on T-shirts and jumpers giving sleek, layered looks a punchy, fun attitude.