Girl group influence mined from Cherie Curie and Joan Jett of The Runaways was mashed-up with Thea Bregazzi's and Justin Thornton's imagined "poet groupie" muse.
Love is, without a doubt, the most popular subject in rock music, so it makes sense in light of Preen by Thornton Bregazzi’s rock-tinged collection for Fall/Winter 2016 for the looks to be underscored by soft romance. To achieve their rock and romance aesthetic, girl group influence mined from Cherie Curie and Joan Jett of The Runaways was mashed up with Thea Bregazzi’s and Justin Thornton’s imagined “poet groupie” muse. The poet groupie is not only a devotee of verse, but she’s also a dreamer and a hopeless romantic, a girl who walks with her head in the clouds, her feet clad in thigh-high lace-up boots. She is un-self-conscious about style, but she loves luxurious tapestries, vivid prints, and all manner of beautiful, lush fabrics. After all, beautiful things remind her of the beautiful words that enliven her imagination.
Preen’s poet groupie appears first in midnight florals, which were transformed into sleeveless bustier-topped frocks, velvet skirts with handkerchief hems, sheer blousons, and dresses made from a collage of velvet, golden stripes, and sheer panels. From there, Bregazzi and Thornton introduce plaid patterns, which at first peeped from the shoulders of a gorgeous jet black fur coat, before taking over the whole surface of oversized coat-dresses. Midnight florals and plaids were then mixed together in autumnal tones, emphasized particularly well on a sheer floral dress over which the model wore a plaid bustier (a look we’re seeing more and more of for Fall/Winter 2016). Louche layers were a key styling technique central to the collection, as dresses were worn over or under tomboy sweaters, and pussy-bow blouses with extra-long sleeves. Some of these looks were rendered a little top-heavy because of padded shoulders, but this is a familiar silhouette in the rock school of style.
The poet groupie is not only a devotee of verse, but she’s also a dreamer and a hopeless romantic, a girl who walks with her head in the clouds, her feet clad in thigh-high lace-up boots.
Leather also made a welcome appearance in the collection in supple textures that were tailored into ample frocks, maxis, and tailored trousers with “kneepad” accents. Models were also swallowed up in velvet frocks, which coordinated well with the show’s Nirvana soundtrack, but the most buzzed-about looks on social media were Preen’s gorgeous selection of hyper-feminine pink ensembles, with coruscated sequin skirts in glittering candy pink, blush pink silk blouses, baby pink fur coats, and more. As a whole, the collection was wonderfully styled, and decadently layered, but each piece was strong enough to stand on its own as next season’s must-have wardrobe item.