Minimalist and Scandinavian-cool, Acne is a master of the shirtdress. For spring 2016, creative director Jonny Johansson offers a fresh iteration of this wardrobe staple. This piqué version has the clean lines and crisp feel of a classic, yet its sharp A-line silhouette, forward-set side seams, and high-low hem make it new and modern. Buttoned to the neck, this piece is pure in an urbane way, while unbuttoned at the neck, it is light and carefree.
A pristine sense of understatement allows focus to fall on the cut of this bright white Altuzarra top, a wear-with-everything staple made modern with thoughtful details like a sharp split neck and a layered hem. The meeting of wardrobe essential and elevated allure is unmistakably Altuzarra, and one that is woven throughout the designer’s pre-fall 2016 collection by pieces like this fluid blouse.
Quiet dimension, precise lines, and a modern fit set this open-necked polo apart from the rest. Softened by a hint of cashmere, Vince’s stretchy, ribbed knit transcends seasons and layers beautifully. A delicate band of ribbed trim adds a subtle contrast in defining the elbow-length leeves and straight hem. Also available in heathered grey.
“The Totême woman is not a slave to trends,” says Elin Kling, creative director of the New York-based label. Among the timeless pieces in the spring 2016 collection are these silk shorts, named for the bustling capital of Kenya. The slightly relaxed fit is shaped by reverse pleats, side-slit hems, on-seam side pockets, and back welt pockets.
“The minute you can be predicted as a brand, you’ve got a problem,” says Loewe creative director Jonathan Anderson. His latest artfully unpredictable take on the little white dress combines a fluid, gathered silhouette and raw edges with the embellishment of gunmetal-toned spheres that orbit the waist on a brass chain belt. Made in Italy of cotton poplin, the square-necked style is finished with back darts, on-seam side pockets, and a concealed back zipper closure.
Made in Italy of stretch-infused wool for wrinkle-free travel, these black trousers from the pre-fall 2016 Altuzarra collection are designed to sit high on the waist. The pull-on style fits slim through the thigh and then flares from the knee to a cropped length. An elasticated waist and on-seam side pockets complete the flattering silhouette, which is fully lined for a smooth fit.
A keyhole neckline adds versatilility to this fluid silk blouse from Altuzarra: fasten the split neckline with the hook-and-eye closure or leave it undone for a dramatic v-neck. The fresh yet elegant style exudes the designer’s signature pairing of sophistication and modernity, with a feminine fit enhanced by shirring at the crewneck. Finishing touches include a central back seam and single-button cuffs.
“There needs to be tension in the garments to make them feel more real, less precious,” says Jonathan Anderson. For pre-fall 2016, the designer found that contrast in clean lines softened by ruffles, gathers, and artful asymmetry. This sleeveless collared dress is made special by those flourishes, which link the hidden six-button placket and the draped wrap-style skirt. A hidden side zipper ensures a smooth fit.
Knitwear is at the heart of Khaite, and the bodysuit is a sleek essential around which to build a wardrobe. This finely ribbed v-neck version—from the New York-based label's resort 2017 collection—envelops the body in soft merino wool. The smooth, flattering fit is accentuated by extended sleeves that are banded for a cuff effect. Also available in ivory.
Stockholm-based Acne Studios is a reliable source of pared-back designs that are fresh and unique in their purism. Made of stretch crepe with a spongey texture, this sleek crewneck dress combines sharp tailoring—blazer-style sleeves, button-fastening French cuffs—with a feminine silhouette shaped by elongated darts. A back zipper ensures a smooth fit.