Posted by Stephan Moskovic | February 17th, 2011
There was something in the atmosphere at Preen this season, from the moment Arizona Muse strode down the catwalk in a triply printed top, you knew you were in for a treat. Too often elegance and modernity are separate entities in fashion; most collections are either wholly refined and utterly boring, or innovative yet unwearable. Preen’s Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi have found the point where beauty and ingenuity meet, their streamlined fall collection features a bold set of nuanced shapes and striking colors. The influence of the California Arts and Crafts movement is evident in the geometric prints reminiscent of Batchelder tiles. Art history references aside, Preen has plenty of offer in terms of sleek shapes and cuts. Everything was there this season; pencil skirts with slits down the middle, belted dresses and blouses, crystal embellishments and of course a touch of fur. An enterprising girl could build her entire fall wardrobe with Preen separates and never want for anything more.
View our video interview with Preen’s designers Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi