A classic oxford transformed by a clean-lined collar, half placket, artful seaming, and striking cuffs. Subtle adjustments to the traditional dress shirt led Protagonist to this refined silhouette, which is shaped by slimming princess seams. Lightweight cotton shirting puts the focus on considered details including extended cuffs: lined in a trio of buttons, they can create an elongated look or be folded at the wrist for a more relaxed feel.
Each piece of the debut Khaite collection is designed to accentuate the female form and invite discovery of subtle yet striking details. These cropped, slim-fitting trousers are made of smooth, substantial satin-backed crepe with a hint of stretch. Sculpted by tonally topstitched seams, the high-waisted style has a narrow waistband, zip fly, jetted side pockets, and a clean back to keep the silhouette sleek. Also available in ivory.
These cropped black leggings are a staple of the collection, which is made entirely in the United States. Designed for the gym and beyond, they have an adjustable waistband—wear it high or fold it over—that holds the body in, while the geometric lines create the appearance of slimmer, longer legs. The moisture-wicking supplex blend has the feel of cotton with the benefits of four-way stretch.
Their Claude loafer ticks all of those boxes and then some. Blending classic menswear influences with a relaxed, feminine touch, the hand-stitched body accents lizard-embossed leather with a matching band, while the napa lining shapes to your foot so that these made-to-last slip-ons feel as good as they look.
“You can’t overthink things in fashion,” says Jonathan Anderson. “It’s what you feel in the moment.” Following his instincts led the designer to stunning fall pieces such as this silk satin dress, which demonstrates a subtle but striking approach to print. Flocked along the sides and long sleeves with lines that evoke the downy barbs of a feather, it is designed to be cinched at the waist with the removable self-belt. A hidden back zipper ensures a smooth fit.
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 smoothly draping blend of silk and cotton imparts instant polish to a relaxed silhouette. Understated and effortless, these silk-lined trousers demonstrate the finely honed, flattering fit that has become a Protagonist signature.
Parisian-born Myriam Schaefer, the designer behind global fashion phenomena such as Balenciaga’s City bag, created her eponymous collection to transcend trends. What she describes as “high-quality pieces that will pass through time” achieve their signature discretion and endurance through obsessed-over details, from the placement of each seam to the minimal use of hardware: decisions that keep even the largest tote extraordinarily lightweight.
T by Alexander Wang is a source of relaxed yet flattering pieces in a subtle and seasonless palette. This stretch knit pencil skirt sharpens the typical T silhouette but retains its all-year-round ease. Lined for a smooth fit, the sleek silhouette is finished with a hidden side zipper.
“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.