Andrea Lieberman approached pre-fall with the intention to do a collection inspired by the oft-referenced film Belle de Jour. Before long, though, the A.L.C. designer scrapped that idea and decided to "just make real clothes for real girls." A simple message, yes, but one that can be surprisingly difficult for some. Not Lieberman. You could imagine a cool off-duty model like Aymeline Valade (or any downtown chick, for that matter) wearing look 10: a Peter Pan-collar denim button-up paired with a quilted leather biker jacket and slim yet relaxed twill trousers.

"I've been looking at things from the inside out lately," Lieberman explained, stressing that she's put an increased focus on tailored pieces like the sharp, coated herringbone trench and pants with turned-down waistbands. One of her favorite pieces is a dress with a micro print of birds in flight derived from the flocks she notices while driving her daughter to school. That kind of attention to detail is what elevates A.L.C.'s straightforward essentials.