Pre-collections tend to get lost in the fold, at least when you’re talking to an editor or a stylist. They are the in-between seasons, with clothes that aren’t necessarily stellar or overly imaginative, but instead sellable, wearable, and marketable to a larger crowd (those outside the ones who attend Spring and Fall shows during fashion month).

But shouldn’t utility and versatility be appealing, too? Especially right now when the world is spinning off its axis and you just want to throw on the perfect outfit and be on your way? The latest offering from Jonathan Simkhai is a testament to how desirable a Pre-Fall collection can be while remaining easy, comfortable, and functional.

The designer used handkerchief-hemmed dresses and classic menswear-inspired shirting to make this point. Some of the best pieces were shown layered, like a belted cargo miniskirt worn over a nicely draped white off-the-shoulder shirtdress. The sophisticated stretch wool and crepe suiting were also smart, as were the breezy chiffon and satin dresses that will do double duty, day or night.

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