Milly Pre-Fall 2012

It’s official: Nothing’s more cheerful than Milly.

On a gorgeous New York day, editors leaving the labe's Pre-Fall 2012 press preview certainly had a spring in their steps—sparked by a hot pink-and-black graphic silk tunic.

Sure, a crisp white button-down might be the most classic article of clothing around, but can it put a smile on your face?

Designer Michelle Smith also offered pink, black and gray Jackson Pollack-esque prints done in a sporty nylon fabric, bright coats, and plenty of black and white shift dresses—both work and cocktail-appropriate.

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stella mccartney pre-fall 2012

Only Stella McCartney can get the fashion glitterati down to NYC's West Village on a brisk January evening. (And a Monday at that.)

The designer presented her Pre-Fall 2012 collection, though the clothes were less presented so much as worn by willowy models who milled around the restaurant. (It was held at One if by Land, Two if by Sea on Barrow Street.) Nothing quite like standing amidst a group of models to boost one's self-esteem.

But onto the clothes. Pretty, as you'd expect from Stella. Floral gowns, chic prints, and, of course, the Stella blazer. The tuxedo will never go away, and, for that, I am thankful.

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Theory Pre-Fall 2012

It may still be hard to wrap your head around the fact that Olivier Theyskens, the Belgian designer known for his gorgeous but far-from-commercial offerings at Nina Ricci and Rochas, is now at the head of Theory—a brand formerly best-known for its basic workwear.

But looking at Theory’s Pre-Fall collection, those two sides come together incredibly seamlessly. Instead of your basic white button-down (though there are those, too), blouses came in silk in some abstract prints, some geometric prints. The basic black blazer is sharp and white, with narrow sleeves and lapels that are meant to lie inward instead of folding out. And those most basic of work-worthy shift dresses are now in gorgeous buttery leather.

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