Rhié’s Pre-Fall offering felt right-now but not trendy, with the quality fabrics, easy silhouettes, and interesting details that discerning shoppers look for. Loosely inspired by the multimedia artwork of Erwin Wurm, designer Rie Yamagata played with mixed textures; unexpected colors; and custom, slightly strange prints, like “floating flowers” on pastel twill dotted with tiny surreal skulls. “People want to buy these clothes as soon as they hit stores in June, so I try to make everything fairly light and versatile,” Yamagata said. Fluid slipdresses will be sold with little sweaters on top for year-round wearability, and lots of cozy knits—one of Yamagata’s strongest categories—had an off-duty ease without looking plain. The designer also paid close attention to outerwear, mostly in classic silhouettes with a twist, such as a cropped, cherry red peacoat, a rounded swing-back trench, and a soft faux-fur bomber jacket. Those pieces spoke to her love of layering, which also came through in a trompe l’oeil knee-length skirt that mimicked a button-down shirt wrapped around the waist. That kind of easy, no-fuss styling is just what a busy girl about town needs.

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