words by HANNAH ATIRA

While the race is on to birth a new meaning to western wear, Dorothee Schumacher approaches the moment as always, by highlighting the beauty of opposites. In the pre-fall collection, set to the backdrop of a mountainous ranch, the functionality of the American Southwest comes together with Italian tailoring to add new meaning to western chic.

This season the brand embraces workwear elements while utilizing their classic sleek tailoring, creating a unique idea of suited western. A floor length pencil skirt, slightly flaring at the knee accompanied by a single breasted jacket of the same material creates a cocktail ranch attire of sorts. While a sleeveless blended knit dress, surely to accompany a Schumacher woman through both day and night, comes together in a swirl of earthtone browns, as a staple element to the brand. A floral patterned dress reflects the flora and fauna of the area including a horseshoe motif while a striped jacket in rusted shades of yellow, blue and green feels reflective of the indigenous cultures that paint the southwest.

What would be the intersection of the two worlds without a hint of fringe, for Dorothee Schumacher it is incorporated with tones of tailoring. A chocolate leather shirt jacket makes fringe wearable for a woman of multiple facets. While its cozy counterpart reimagines fringe by accompanying a structured wool cardigan of brown and white check. In the world of Dorothee Schumacer contrasting bold statements can exist simultaneously and in this collection a blue feather jacket struts to its own tune. Also standing out amongst the crowd is a bias-cut matching skirt set in a soft pink for an effortless yet noticeable feel.

Channeling the undone and relaxed nature of the west, the brand’s classic suiting becomes slightly relaxed this season. A three quarter length sleeve and a tailored twist to the traditional denim flap pocket, seamlessly unite for a wool blend blazer and matching pants. Arriving in both cropped and full length silhouettes, how relaxed to feel is up to the woman wearing it.

Possibly the most recognized aspect of western wear, as well as a staple to the Schumacher brand, denim, was most definitely not forgotten about in this collection. A wide leg denim jean with a frayed waistband also taps into the feeling of undoness. Simultaneously incorporating the opposite element, silver embellishments lining the pant legs add a heightened level of sophistication.

Rounding out the influence of not only the Southwest’s atmosphere but its cultures too, accessories made a notable appearance this season. Flower neckties reminiscent of feathered poppy flowers, indigenous motif chandelier earrings and cream suede cowboy hats topped off the unification of the season’s inspirations.

The Dorothee Schumacher Pre Fall Collection releases in May.