Pre-fall is no longer a sartorial bridge between seasons, a delivery often overshadowed by those that enjoy a runway buzz. Rather, these cooler, more intimate presentations offer an exclusive insight into each designer’s world. No distractions, just the good (and wearable) stuff. Enter Giambattista Valli’s modern cocktail femininity; Kim Ellery’ thoughtful, and ice crisp take on the classics; Blazé Milano’s continuous reinvention of the heritage blazer. Pre-fall shows off designers’ personal best if you will—and who wouldn't want to be a part of that? Here are 13 of the best from the new pre-fall collections that are sending my (and hopefully your) spirits soaring.


The dressy blazer is a sartorial savior. Great with jeans, yes, but why not embrace Pre-Fall's natty 1970s skinny tailoring and pair this sharp jacket with lean flares. Be chic like a dragonfly, sting like a CEO... or something like that.


I am planning a fun Easter weekend at Lismore Castle in Ireland. The air in Eire often forgets when we're gaged for spring, so smuggling a tippet in the carry-on is a good plan. I like to wear across-body diagonally over a bias cut for dinner. Jodie Foster's Tallulah for 2017.


If it makes you happy (thinking of Sheryl Crow here). This oversize sweater gives an instant, jubilant Pre-Fall hit. It’s also an homage to Heinrich Reisenbauer (Kane was inspired for pre-fall by his trip to the Gugging Museum), making it the perfect piece to wear gallery hopping on a Sunday.


A savvy Pre-Fall purchase. Duster coats are the perfect social topper. I may have one too many leopards in my walk-in safari park, so glossy tiger jacquard (check!) will give an instant update to simple dresses throughout wedding season.


With our taste for reworked shirting holding as strong as our subsequent dry cleaning bills, what's next? Whiter? Crisper? More playful? A 24-7 guarantee? The elegant cocoon shape recalls couture greats, but the simple cotton says wear me. Now.


Valli’s dolce vita polka dots are playful and practical for over-committed evenings.


Leopard! Jewels! This Hitchcock worthy fur jacket needs little more than a cigarette pant and a ballet flat.


THE shape of trouser for Pre-Fall; may your pants be long and lean with a kick flare that touches on '90s Tom Ford Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent.


My mother loved Karl Lagerfeld’s Chloé designs in the early Eighties. There’s something about this blush velvet that evokes that super soigné moment in history.


This easy dress in sunshine yellow is a social all-terrains vehicle—and can be dressed up and down accordingly to take you anywhere.


A workwear basic with a surprise pop of splashy heritage print.


Designers are still thinking pink, and the insouciant off-the-shoulder silhouette of this silk blouse is irresistible.


I have severe delusions of height, but this demure fantasy gown just needs the right stacked heel to make an entrance.