After six years showing at New York Fashion Week, London design duo Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi will bring Preen’s next collection back to London Fashion Week. Hurrah! The fashion house known for strong colours and tailoring has been trending on Twitter since the announcement was made earlier today and understandably so: this is BIG news. Especially as this could mean the London-based label's swarm of celebrity fans, including Scarlett Johansson, Claire Danes and American First Lady Michelle Obama, may appear to grace the front row. We can but hope, hey?
We had an inkling the design duo may make a return during LFW last February when Preen put on a gorgeous presentation for their Beatrix Potter-inspired Autumn Winter 2012 collection. Thornton and Bregazzi met when they were just eighteen years old in their hometown of the Isle of Man, and opened their store on Portobello in 1996. Ten years later, they were celebrating their anniversary with a retrospective exhibition of archive pieces, sketches, original photographs and backstage shots which travelled around the world last year. And now, after years of success showing in New York, the pair are returning home, and are said to be "delighted to be part of LFW again, it feels great to be back on our own turf."
London Fashion Week takes place from the 14th to the 18th of September and we can't wait to welcome back Justin and Thea. To celebrate, click through our gallery to see our favourite Preen looks from the past few seasons.
By Isobel Jessell