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Pre-Fall collections took a break for the holidays, but we’re back with more of our favorites from Ralph Lauren, Kenzo, and Tibi.

Designers are still making their presentations for pre-Fall 2014. These are some of the more wearable looks you’ll see this year, so we’re pulling a few more of our favorite looks and the Burda patterns you need to make them yourself.

For pre-Fall, Ralph Lauren showed casual American sportswear that promised luxury in cashmere and silk. If you don’t want to pay designer price, sewing your own clothing is your best bet to ensure you’re getting the same rich fabrics that Ralph Lauren uses.

Elevate easy pieces like the Asymmetrical Jersey Top, Layered Tank Top, Turtleneck Shirt and Bootcut Trousers or Leggings in silk pongee, cashmere knit, or the best organic cotton you can find. Ralph Lauren used a palette of dove greys, so stick with cool neutrals to get the full effect.

We also love the bold separates at Kenzo. The skirt suit on the left is similar in shape to the Geometric Jacket and Skirt from this fall’s Block Party collection. Our version has solid wool with black patent leather embellishments. Go for a micro print fabric with matte leather trim to get the Kenzo look. We also love the crazy printed skinny suit. Make it easier to wear by making one piece in a print and the other in a coordinating solid. We like the jacquard Peg Pants with the Long Blazer in a charcoal or bottle green.

Our last pick from this round of collections are playful skirts and shorts styled with simple but unexpected pieces. Lanvin showed a maxi skirt where a playful bow detail was also part of the construction. With flats and a clingy turtleneck, it’s a totally different look for evening. Or, spice up a pair of paper bag shorts with a casual coat, sport socks, and a bold wool hat like we saw at Tibi.

We’re seeing the Tie Skirt, Paneled Coat, and plus size Long Coat in a new way. The look is Annie Hall made modern with paired down flats and muted colors.

Do you have favorites from pre-Fall 2014? Let us know!

images via Ralph Lauren, Kenzo, Lanvin, and Tibi


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    Jun 4, 2017, 11.01 AMby Laurence12

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      Jan 16, 2014, 12.31 AMby mcclxix

      Maybe try changing your tone? You tend to post a lot of baseless criticism and keep hinting that Burda should hire you as an editor. And you haven’t uploaded any projects or linked to a blog or website of your own so it doesn’t really help anyone.

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    Jan 14, 2014, 06.09 PMby bluetalmeida

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      Jan 14, 2014, 08.22 PMby MaZeLiving

      I think you are confusing fashion industry with publishing industry in this case. Fashion labels can charge their fans for brand name, while nature of publishing business is very different. A lot of hard work and research goes into it. We are very lucky that in the digital world we live in we can still hold a real magazine, published and translated for us, english speakers. Burda is published in 16 different languages, it has fans all around the globe. Women like me, regular people who have never seen any runways and never had the privilege to own and wear haute couture items, can use these patterns to make clothing that makes us feel special. I read this forum almost daily, and I am grateful to people who put a lot of work into it.

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    Jan 14, 2014, 06.09 PMby tika1210

    Ok I have seen the comments in the thread and I have replied to one comment myself but for me the kind of comment made by loribee is inappropriate and not the comment made by Bluet. And I say that because it is negative and it is a personal comment about somebody else’ point of view. Not every comment made on this forum is negative but lets face it Burda runs the forum to sell us patterns. There is an underlying commercial relationship here and I for one buy patterns when I like them. I also provide both positive and negative comments as I see fit but without abusing anybody along the way. When I see comments like this or comments telling me to use my creativity to imagine a patterns as more beautiful than it is I hear ‘shut up’. I have shut up in the past but no more.

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      Jan 14, 2014, 07.38 PMby MaZeLiving

      So, what exactly are the areas for improvement? From the original comment – make styles more like Ralph Lauren? Hire better stylists and pattern makers who understand the need of public? The problem with the original comment is that the criticism is rather offensive than constructive. Everyone in my family sews, and Burda always provides us with the best fit, with minor adjustments. Unless your body is a body of a model, adjustments will always be necessary. So lets say you are tall, slim and curvy and I am short, round and flat chested. If they design patterns for you, what am I to do? So the patterns are designed for average body – average height, standard proportions. There is absolutely no way it can be perfect for everyone. That is why negativity is so upsetting, real suggestions for improvement are not heard among all unfounded accusations.
      One thing I noticed about people who criticize the most – over the years of being a member, they haven’t posted one finished project. It just makes me think that they complain for the purpose of complaining. Let us see something, lets discuss fit issues, ways to impove it, adjustments for different problem areas. I think that is what the forum is for, not to just express general frustration with everything.

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      Jan 15, 2014, 05.18 PMby tika1210

      As requested areas for improvement, fit of clothing to flatter body shape, more plus size options because you can only grade a pattern a couple of sizes either way before it becomes distorted, more interesting use of fabric in presentation, competitions which include non-American members as we are not all American, and when I think of more I will come back to you expect to say there is a difference between considered critical feedback and negativity. Nobody is being abused in any comment made here that I can see. Oh and the difference between me and Burdastyle I am not trying to sell anything to anybody.

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      Jan 15, 2014, 06.17 PMby nouvellegamine

      @mazeliving “One thing I noticed about people who criticize the most – over the years of being a member, they haven’t posted one finished project. It just makes me think that they complain for the purpose of complaining.” Thank you. I’ve noticed that too.
      The negativity on Burda crosses over into trolling a lot. If it was constructive, then I could get something out of it, but it’s usually not. I used to come to this site every day to peruse projects and check out the blog, but the blog comments are such a mess and usually unmoderated that I’ve dropped off to checking maybe once a week. I just pick up my magazine and read and comment other blogs reviewing it. But, I miss all the people I use to see here last year and the years before :(

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    Jan 14, 2014, 08.11 AMby textilet

    Not sure about using silk pongee for leggings either? I can see that it would work for the top but not for skin tight “stretchy” leggings surely? Sometimes- and I am aware I do this too- what is written doesn’t really read as the writer intended- if you get my drift!!

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      Jan 14, 2014, 05.55 PMby MandieW

      I should have elaborated… the collection had some beautiful flowing silk skirts. Would have made more sense with another picture!

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    Jan 14, 2014, 08.06 AMby textilet

    I’m sorry Bluet Almeida- could you rewrite your comment so that it makes more sense please?

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      Jan 14, 2014, 04.43 PMby tika1210

      Hmmm but it seems to me that Bluet Almeida speaks English as a second language based on the sentence construction used and really if that is the case she has done pretty well

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    Jan 12, 2014, 02.46 PMby malsews

    The only ones I like are the Ralph Loren collection of silk and cashmere.

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      Jan 12, 2014, 05.51 PMby Dhraey

      Are you serious? Even I know that they are comparing the RL pants and skirt. Might be you want to look for Fashion 101 somewhere else if you can’t grasp that simple concept. Your review is moot.

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      Jan 13, 2014, 11.05 AMby Deanna31

      Unfortunately Burda can’t promote patterns that are exactly the same as the ones on the catwalk. They have to change at least 20% of the design or they’ll be sued. But they do try to keep the same sort of style. I’m with you though… wish they could copy 100%

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      Jan 14, 2014, 02.27 PMby loribee

      I’m so tired of complainy, rude comments on this site. Imagine how it would feel if you went to work every day, and part of your job was to share what you did with the world, and all you got in return was mean-spirited complaining about some trivial details in your work. I’m just grateful that Burda puts out a ton of great patterns every month. If I don’t like some of them, that’s my own problem. It seems like some people feel they are entitled to get exactly what they want every time, and that they are entitled to insult the people at Burda if they don’t. Let’s leave the nasty trolling for sites like reddit and keep this space a pleasant one to be in.

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