Preen by Thornton Bregazzi’s Spring/Summer 2015 presentation crackled with youthful energy, showing boundless enthusiasm for all things athleticwear with a collection that riffed on tennis, basketball, field hockey, and even motorsports. After last spring’s gorgeous eye-popping digital prints, designers Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi decided to evolve their radiant palette with a series of gorgeous little pieces featuring a kaleidoscope of exotic prints and neon highlights.
Color was everywhere on their runway, and even when the duo showed monochrome looks they dished up visual interest by pairing contrast prints and stripes together to dizzying effect. For instance, there were calligraphed florals that looked, from a distance, like haphazard scribble prints paired with striped trim, which were stylishly presented. Stripes were a big deal on the Preen runway, and they looked best on breezy nautical silk dresses, but the red-and-white striped looks were a bit awkward – a little too “Where’s Waldo?” and cartoony. Preen also mimicked padding worn under football uniforms with skimpy two-piece looks made from the same type of molding we saw at Alexander Wang in New York. For all the muscular, athletic ensembles for spring, there were a few looks that held out for more sophisticated associations, particularly the loose white suit paired with a paint-splattered bandeau and adorable mini dresses trimmed in fringe. Although a little less than cohesive at times, there was something fresh and hip at work on the Preen by Thornton Bregazzi runway that would be served well by a little fine-tuning.
Photos: Courtesy of Imaxtree