With spring looks not even in stores yet, designers already have their sights set on a season we bet you didn't know about: Pre-fall. These collections, recently shown to retailers and the New York fashion press, will hit stores between May and July, filling the gap between spring and fall looks. Often more wearable than the clothes shown on the runways during Fashion Week, these are the styles that customers are more likely to buy — and keep.
Here are some of our favorite pre-fall looks from five of America's top designers.
Oscar de la Renta knows his customer loves color; this magenta gown is guaranteed to please.
Shades of turquoise also stood out in the Oscar de la Renta collection.
An Oscar de la Renta day suit never goes out of style.
Micheal Kors isn't keen about the phrase "pre-fall" and we agree it's a term that lacks pizzazz. But there's nothing dull about his pre-fall basics, like this black/white shift with a Mondrian-esque pattern.
High tech edge; Michael Kors black/cobalt cashmere colorblock pullover with black cuffed trouser.Michael Kors
Back to basics in this Michael Kors black tank dress. Love the boots.Michael Kors
Greek Classic: Michael Kors crimson chiffon jersey belted goddess gown.Michael Kors
Subtle, simple and elegant were the watchwords at Carolina Herrera.
A bit of a Mad Men vibe in a Carolina Herrera shift and satin coat.
While Carolina Herrera featured more daywear than usual, she made room in her pre-fall collection for this chantecaille lace gown in black and gold.
Donna Karan's pre-fall collection has a relaxed attitude, with lots of separates for daytime dressing.
"You can wear the pieces on the weekends, but for me and some people you wear it seven days a week," she told Women's Wear Daily. "It's a way of life."
Donna Karan chose a neutral palette of forest browns and greens for her pre-fall collection.
Ruched slacks dress up an otherwise sport look from Donna Karan.
For pre-fall, Tory Burch said she was inspired by Parisian chic with global influences. The collection has a lot of vaguely Indian and Ikat prints, stripes and even gingham patterns. "It's a lot of textures, but the palette really brings everything together," Burch told style.com
Known for her orange lacquered boutiques, Burch stuck to a neutral palate for pre-fall.
The Tory Burch collection includes lightweight dresses and separates that can be worn from summer into fall.
Cropped tailored pants and a print blouse from Burch have a well-traveled vibe.