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The Three Fashion Designers to Know This Fall

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The Modern Romantic

FOR THE FIRST time in his nearly 20-year career, Italian designer Lorenzo Serafini’s name became known to the world at large. Last February he unveiled his first women’s collection for Alberta Ferretti’s Philosophy label, now re-christened Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini. “I’ve been shy all my life,” said Mr. Serafini. “To have my name on a label was a very strong statement, but I had to push myself.”

While the spotlight can be a scary place, the designer needn’t have worried. His ultrafeminine, ruffled blouses, lace dresses and sweet-but-smart ’70s-inspired prints have already been embraced with open arms by fashionable women.

Mr. Serafini, 42, described himself as an “incurable romantic.” A perennial reference is Brooke Shields in the 1981 teen romance “Endless Love,” in which the fresh-faced, young actress wore Victorian-style dresses and floral crowns. “It’s a bit cheesy,” admitted Mr. Serafini, “but back then it was ‘Wow!’”

He has finely honed that high-romantic sensibility via stints working for Italian fashion brands with simpatico leanings: first Anna Molinari, then Roberto Cavalli, where he stayed for a decade, and Dolce & Gabbana, where he was when Ms. Ferretti came calling.

His fall runway looks, such as an ivory cable-knit sweater, trimmed at the neck and sleeves with ruffles, paired with narrow high-waisted trousers, in not-at-all-precious cotton drill, indicate how he carefully calibrates naiveté and modernity.

So while Mr. Serafini advises that there will be more ruffles in collections to come, he sees them primarily as a fanciful touch to an everyday wardrobe. Added Mr. Serafini, “I really like it when the most romantic pieces can be worn in a real way.” —Amy Verner

The Work-Wear Transformer

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THE FASHION LANDSCAPE has changed immensely since the late 1990s, when Theory’s Lisa Kulson designed the perfect pair of all-flattering black pants. Now there are dozens of labels selling clothes at Theory’s middle-of-the-road price-point, and dozens more fast-fashion companies offering high design for very low prices.

What hasn’t changed is Ms. Kulson’s ability to conceive and design things that working women truly need and that make getting dressed effortless. Which is why Ms. Kulson, who left Theory in 2001 to launch her own fashion label but was made creative director last year, is crucial to the company’s rebranding. Theory is in the process of returning to its more functional, American roots after almost four years under the creative direction of Belgian talent Olivier Theyskens.

That’s certainly not to say that Ms. Kulson’s wares lack sophistication. On the contrary, her new goal has been to refine and elevate the basics for which the brand is known.

So while there are still tried-and-true crisp, white stretch-cotton button-ups and tropical wool suits, Ms. Kulson has stirred into the mix pieces like a lean and elegant sleeveless wool coat ($625), a flaring camel wool-and-cashmere midi-length skirt ($375) and smartly man-tailored tweed trousers ($355). “They’re clothes for this busy woman who’s traveling, raising a family, has a career,” explained Ms. Kulson. “Whatever her life entails, she doesn’t have time to feel like the clothes are wearing her.” —Lauren Sherman

The Neo-Casual Parisienne

SILK BLOUSES and jeans. If the pairing doesn’t sound exactly revolutionary, Paris-based designer Vanessa Seward has managed to make it resonate. The debut of her namesake label has turned all manner of low-key wardrobe essentials into exciting stuff, courtesy of the designer’s refined touch.

Her approach represents the shifting mind-set in Paris, where women are swapping their bohemian rock-chick style for a more understated elegance. “It’s been 10 years [of that look] and it’s time for a change,” said Ms. Seward, 45, whose poised reserve is tempered by a generous smile.

The new collection—made in a partnership with French purveyor of functional-cool fashion, A.P.C.—falls into the category of “accessible luxury.” Blouses are around $500, while you can buy a tailored coat for less than $1,000. Not cheap, but those prices are a far cry from the labels on Ms. Seward’s resume. She cut her teeth designing accessories for Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent (during the Tom Ford era) where she eventually moved into ready-to-wear. When she finally headed her own team, it was at French couturier Azzaro, where she made her mark on the red carpet with glam gowns.

The most crucial lesson she has learned is that fit makes all the difference. “Once you find a brand that fits well, you stay with it,” she said.

Women around the world may be joining Club Seward as her reach grows. In addition to her recently opened Paris boutique, another in Los Angeles is scheduled to open next year. —Amy Verner

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