Pre-Fall grew out of an Equestrian inspiration where we were instantly attracted to the rich textures of the saddle, and the bold color play of the Jockey rider, impeccably chic in red, vanilla and black. This palette is translated into a graphic mix of dot and tick prints, used singularly or in striking combinations, and juxtaposed with red or black. A Tick- print pleated skirt is worn with a drop-waisted blouse which combines both “Tick” and “Devore Dot” prints with solid red chevron panels. Worn with suede low block-heeled shoes or sandals gives a slightly 20s effect – the 20’s by way of the 70’s. The stripes of a race track are re-interpreted in graduating black to vanilla on a silk georgette jockey bib or tunic outlined by contrasting red ties.
High collars further reflect the Equestrian spirit; in the form of black suede-front turtlenecks, scarf blouses worn floating freely over a pleated wool crepe dress, or tied high around the neck above a suede pinafore. A collarless and sleeveless Ceramic coloured georgette blouse, is buckled high at the neck with a mini suede saddle strap and worn with Burnt Olive suede paper bag trousers, ever-so-slightly jodphur-ed at the leg.
A strict and narrow black riding skirt, with a button back pleat, runs mid-length and sits high at the waist with a tucked in, high neck blouse. Tweed – another dominant fabric of the riding set – is offered both as a midi button front skirt worn with a riding jacket cinched at the waist with a wide wraparound belt. A knee-length riding skirt – this time more A-lined and with side pleats – offers a more classic effect. A brown tweed dress is trimmed shoulder and waist, with Donkey suede.
Donkey suede reappears combined with Rouge double georgette on a blouse and as the border to a dress. Perforated, this suede is shown as a tunic worn with unwashed dark denim trousers and again as both pinafore and skirt; blanket stitched and piped in white leather.
White is more than an accent to this collection, it appears as an all white ‘Devore Tick’ silk, on tie and collarless blouses and worn in subtle combination with vanilla wool crepe for an all-white effect.
This black/ white combination is carried through in both a knee-length pleated cocktail dress and a floor length duo-toned evening dress, that falls semi-restricted from its high collar.
Although these may all seem like clothes and ideas for the posh set, the brightest and most brazen shade of Clementine orange, replaces Red in a series of mini dresses in georgette and wool crepe, one of them complete with peek-a-boo diamond cut out at the chest.