We're hooked on big budget catwalk shows and the theatrics of fashion weeks: steam trains appearing on the runway, models walking amidst giant icebergs or Kate Moss sucking on a cigarette. But, quietly, trotted out before all the fanfare of the main lines, come the "pre" collections. Call them what you will and they've been called many things from Resort, Cruise to Pre, these are the offerings to keep your fashionable eye on - more than ever. With this wool dress at top of our wish list, Francisco Costa's pre-fall at Calvin Klein is just what we're hankering after well before autumn/winter hits.
The light chiffons of the last season were replaced by felted wools and, with this beige dress, the fabric was made to mimic lace. Costas's attention turns a heavy wool into a light and delicate dress and one which triumphs over the ever-changing weather. On first glance it appears the designer is welcoming a new found propriety from a brand used to controversy. The hem skims the knee, the cut emphasises a ladylike hourglass, but peekaboo cut outs and a cinched in waist make for something unexpectedly sexy.