While London is big on creative solo acts, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi helmed by Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi proves that two heads are as good as one. Their bright, exhilarating, accessible collection for Fall/Winter 2014 was a youthful affair that factored humor and street style into luxury and daywear. The opening look set forward the promise of a kinetic collection, and the duo more than delivered.
Their bright, exhilarating, accessible collection for FW14 was a youthful affair that factored humor and street style into luxury and daywear.
There is plenty to appreciate about their cozy, enveloping outerwear and dresses that both featured a matching kaleidoscope print – with some looks smartly trimmed in contrasting colors. This print looked even better when done on sheer shirtwaist dresses, but was turned into a divisive plot point when Darth Vader swooped into purview on a silk blouse. After Rodarte showed Star Wars on its runway just a few days ago in New York, the reference was odd. But, it turns out Thornton and Bregazzi were just having a little fun with a nostalgic memory, explaining that Vader made an appearance because Star Wars was the first movie they ever saw in their youth. No scandal here.
Preen also showed a series of shattering tomato-red looks that ranged from soccer knits and ankle-length trenches to peplum shirting and major coats. The brand also kept to its signature outsize tailoring, but here it read feminine and fluid rather than boxy or awkward. Funny, enormous furs, including hats that were at least three-feet wide, added a luxury angle to this whip-smart, youthful collection. Preen by Thornton Bregazzi ended on a shiny note, with a series of lamé looks, perhaps as a nod to another Star Wars star, C-3PO.
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