Pre-fall was an exercise in logic for Rubin Singer. “For us, it’s a precursor to fall, and at the same time, it delivers in summer,” he said. “So, I divided it in two parts.” The collection’s straight-up summer supply was expressed in light colors and airy dress silhouettes: a gardenia print fit-and-flare, a graffiti printed style with a lace overlay and a multicolor lace dress with puffed sleeves stood out for being wearable and highly designed. The true fall portion of the lineup came in a predictably darker palette and was more structured than the breezy warm weather stuff, relying on the severe shapes for which Singer is known.

There were some nice surprises. A deep-V peplum dress with a double corset sounds tricky but was actually pretty sleek on the bodice. “It’s an important silhouette for me” said Singer of the double corset. And lest he be forever pigeon-holed as an eveningwear designer, Singer revealed that a new capsule collection will bow in 16 Neiman Marcus doors, with its focus on a range of ready-to-wear and daywear. “The demand for separates is definitely there,” he said.

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