If the husband-wife duo behind Preen, Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi, had literary counterparts, they would be Byron and Shelley, paving a path for the New Romantics. Their experimental spirit always leads them to the same signature aesthetic: a smashing combination of soft, romantic shapes and strong, graphic prints. For Spring/Summer 2016, they’re at it again with a deconstructed approach to the recent Victorian fashion renaissance that took the brand’s signature floaty dress and fragmented it into a new, more avant-garde form.
From the start, geometric shapes stamped over delicate florals transmitted a message of modern romance — a theme which was underscored by the many cut-out shoulder and asymmetrically constructed dresses. While some of these looks were a breath of fresh air, there were a few that were unpractical, as was the case of a slit-open mini dress that was barely held close at the split by silver O-rings. In addition to Preen’s madcap assemblage of dresses which featured bondage straps atop transparent layers of floral fabric, there were beautiful full-lace dresses with side and shoulder cut-outs, mullet-hemmed skirts, cropped moto jackets with ruffled trim, and more. Other dresses were treated to crazy galactic technical fabrics and foiled rose embossment, and some even sported a unique hourglass neckline. Every delicate look was given a tough edge to drive the contemporary mood of the collection, but a little editing would have done away with bulkier looks that didn’t quite fit the theme (like that cumbersome jumpsuit). Accessorized with flat brogues, this collection hit the bull’s-eye when it comes to fashion’s love affair with feminine/masculine contrasts.
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