What's black and white and red all over? Justin Thornton and Leah Bregazzi's Fall 2013 collection for Preen fits that description, but the offering's story is about more than color. The duo got a lot of mileage out of their focused color palette and used fused prints like leopard and tartan to pleasing effect. Contrasting piping on off-center shirt collars looked modern, while the sleek cut of other pieces, like slim suits and a halter dress with a plunging neckline, telegraphed a confident strength. The show ended with a selection of pieces festooned with crisscrossing stripes of jeweled embellishment. After all, a little bling never hurt anyone.
Set at London's Heron Tower, the Preen Fall '13 collection was as much a reflection of its setting as it was a product of designers Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi's penchant for architecturally clean lines. Graphic baby-doll dresses — fixed with pronounced pointed collars — came down the runway in navy blues, blacks, whites, and reds. Tailored suits and angular jackets, which were punched up with asymmetrical zippers, provided a menswear-inspired slant, while the most feminine fare of the lot was saved for last. Near the show's finale, we were treated to all-out glittering floral embellishments adorning sheer blouses, skirt folds, and sportier sweatshirt silhouettes. Think of Preen's Fall '13 lineup as one that supplies the modernist with a colorfully cool wardrobe. See it all here — and now.
Drawing inspiration from Victorian-era scrapbooks and abstract expressionists, Preen's Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi crafted a set of clean, cool silhouettes washed in bold color, florals, and collage-like prints for Fall '12. It's a cool-girl juxtaposition that plays out in this collection — minimalist separates dressed up in textured, overlapping prints and sequins create an almost literal scrapbook effect on dresses and tops. Still, it all works flawlessly — while some collections feel disjointed, there's no sense of losing the theme here or feeling disconnected. There isn't a look that doesn't speak to the overarching palette, structure, or playful printing, giving the whole collection a cohesiveness and effortlessness. Even in botanicals, sequins, flirty lace, and peplum, each piece carries with it an underlying ease — shapes are simple, sporty, even, with drawstrings on pencil skirts and color-contrasted collars and sleeves to counter the intricacies of every embellished cuff or printed silhouette.
- Trends: Florals, graphic print, peplum, lace, sequins; textured, overlapping prints.
- Colors: Camel, navy, white, red, black, and soft pink and moss-green florals.
- Key Piece: The white fur coat with orange cuffs; the navy lace peplum knit.
- Accessories: Neutral and floral-printed platform lace-ups.
- Who Would Wear It: The modern sophisticate with an eye for clean lines and cool-girl flair; Kate Bosworth, Jaime King, and Rachel Bilson.