Designers from around the world have gradually been releasing looks for their Pre-Fall 2014 collection, and we’re excited by what we’ve seen so far. Some have stood out in particular, especially those whose designers went in a different direction than usual, and we especially liked collections that played off a particular movement or era. Check out the five collections that have impressed us most so far.

1. Fendi


While Fendi went a little more feminine for their Spring 2014 collection, Pre-Fall leaned more masculine, in all the right ways. Heavy tweed, structured pants, and slightly bulkier coats were all the rage, but Fendi somehow pulled it all together in a way that was perfectly appealing. Maroon, white and black seemed to be the colors of choice for this collection, which combined a mix of color-blocking and stripes in one. More of the collection can be found here.

2. Burberry Prorsum


Burberry has come a long way from its first trench coat back in the day. This season, Christopher Bailey turned to the Arts and Crafts movement of the late 19th century for his patterns, finding particular inspiration from the Chrysler Building, the London A-Z, and Shanghai’s World Financial Center. See more of it here.

3. Veronica Beard


It’s been a big year for Veronica Beard, who picked up major fashion retailers such as Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and Bergdorf Goodman. The first Pre-Fall collection of the brand moved away from the East Coast moods it usually takes and turned to the American West, introducing crocheted dresses and bohemian prints into the mix. One of the standout pieces was this wool funnel-neck bomber jacket, but more of their collection can be seen here.

4. Tory Burch


Tory Burch often draws inspiration from the arts when she’s designing her collections. This season, she’s fixated on Gertrude Arndt, the photographer associated with the Bauhaus movement. One of Arndt’s most famous pictures is a self-portrait in which she wears a dotted veil. Burch chose to play off the dots, incorporating them (mixed with other patterns) in a variety of ways, yet, though Burch has been known to embellish her collections, she keeps this line a bit darker, sophisticated, and understated. Check out the rest of it here.

5. Zac Posen


Zac Posen’s Pre-Fall collection was honed down quite a bit as the designer chose to focus his energy on clean silhouettes, flawless cuts, and precise structure. Nearly every piece fits the model to a tee, and there isn’t a single ensemble in there that wouldn’t be wearable — even the more lavish evening gowns, per the occasion. See more of the collection here.

What have been your favorite Pre-Fall 2014 collections so far?

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