SEEING THE LIGHT: The American brand once again gave a glimpse of its spring offer both for the mainline and for the Red Fleece collection, in anticipation of the full runway show that will take place later this season in New York.

Mainline was lighter than ever, hinged on unlined, soft-shoulder jackets that came in soothing shades of green, from sage to seafoam, and all the blues of the sea, done in checks or solid hues.

Knits were also feather light, as in a nubby navy and white V-neck or fine-gauge pullovers with shawl collars.

A nautical theme navigated its way through the collection, with vintage sailboat patterns from the Brooks Brothers archive for dark chambray trousers, and white anchors embroidered in repeating patterns onto preppy navy blue ones. A cotton shirt was covered in an abstract lifesaver print.

The Red Fleece collection, which is geared to a younger audience, was filled with a wide range of wardrobe staples, and included a laid-back, unlined linen suit with a glen plaid check; a slim cotton poplin one in olive; and a group of fun, tone-on-tone patchwork shirts — their bodies done in dark blue and the arms in a lighter hue.

There were gingham shirts galore, while the outerwear highlight was a whisper thin raincoat with a laser-cut fabric.

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