“Dark Romance” might have been the name of Preen by Thornton Bregazzi’s Fall/Winter 2015 collection, but something more was afoot at the London Fashion Week presentation. While it was certainly romantic, the darkness described by Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi was nothing more than an interplay of spectacular fabrics that dazzled over inky backdrops. There was a lot going on at the Preen show, and nearly all of it was dizzying and wonderful. Working with impressive hand-made textiles, and a hint of 1970s and Victorian era style codes, they managed to achieve something unconventional yet desirable. Although the tropes employed on their runway are hardly new, given the season’s current obsession with the same trends, Preen turns out a collection that is rewarding for its creativity.
First up was a round of blown-up plaid patterns, stippled with acid bright patches, which were transformed into cozy coats with enormous shearling collars or floaty dresses with handkerchief hemlines. In one of the presentation’s most enticing moments, Preen flaunted incredible hand-stitched Indian textiles which featured delicate blossoms threaded onto black lace dresses which were finished with a cool neon plastic ladder trim. Far and away the chicest look to emerge from the runway was Preen’s perfect all-black ensemble, featuring a sheer shirt worn under an absolutely perfect slouchy blazer, paired with an amazing pair of trousers that were ruffled along the inseam (tuxedo meets track pants). In fact, the ruffled trousers appear over and over again throughout the show, and we’d put money on them being the collection’s best-selling item of the season.
Preen’s signature floaty dresses are then traded in for denser versions comprised of vibrant floral mashed up with monochrome vine prints that looked like neural pathways from afar. There were several versions of this look, the best being a smart frock with decorative ruffles running at tiered angles along the front. The finale featured three incredible dresses covered in meadows of 3D flower appliqués in multiple hues of blue. From creative daywear and workwear to moody, gorgeous looks for evening, Preen’s collection is packed with remarkable moments.
Photos: Courtesy of Imaxtree