Editor’s Picks: The Best of Pre-Fall 2014

Can we skip winter, spring, and summer and just go straight to pre-fall 2014? This time around the looks were more sumptuous than ever, proving that dressing for the cold is less about staying warm and more about looking good amidst tactfully-arranged layers.

Let’s start with the most important layer of all, the statement coat. Proving that cool weather pastels are here to stay, Versace churned out the most delicious styles — a powder-pink mink fur and a mint-green cashmere style with sequined lapel details. On the other end of the spectrum was Mulberry with Charlotte Rampling-inspired leather-and-sheepskin car coats that’ll get you from the the city to the mountains with ease.

Speaking of rougher terrain, Karl Lagerfeld’s romanticized take on the rough-and-tumble west meant Navajo throw shawls and tweed skirt-suits fit for the country. Other re-imagined skirt suits included Gucci‘s bright yellow ’70s style and Fendi‘s grey-scale color block print wool set.

There were plenty of dresses to hit the town in, with Jason Wu’s backless floral silk numbers, Prabal Gurung’s swinging mini-dresses in the same hyper-real pastels he used for spring, and Burberry’s Downton Abbey-esque printed midi styles.

As far as eveningwear went, it was impossible not to be taken with the floor-sweeping gowns from the masters: Zac Posen and Oscar de la Renta. Posen tapped his favorite model confidante Anna Cleveland to take his voluminous, jewel-toned stunners for a spin, while de la Renta delivered decadent, dreamy confections. See 46 of our favorite pre-fall looks, below:

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