Preen Spring Summer 2013: Fabric-Clashing And Patchwork Prints

16 September 2012 by

The last time London-born label Preen showed in its home city was 2007. Since then we've mourned their absence but have been equally proud of their achievements across the pond at New York Fashion Week. Today the duo Thea Bregazzi and Justin Thornton came back with a super massive bang - and an elegant one at that. As we sat next to Moda Operandi's fashion director (and our constant style crush) Taylor Tomasi Hill, we couldn't help but imagine the flame haired fashion beaut wearing every one of the label's urban jungle ready-to-wear ensembles - think slit pencil skirts, loose tailoring and spliced shirting. What were our favourite moments? Read on...

1. The print mix - all sorts of reptile mixed with Breton, blown-out digital peonies and leopard.
2. The subtly sexy silhouettes - longer blouses peekaboo'd out of slit wrap skirts, billowing blouses came with demure necklines, and oversized trouser suits were paired with bandeau crop tops underneath.
3. The setting - the dramatic and bright glass-covered Darwin Centre, on the west wing of London's Natural History Museum.
4. Ankle strap pointy shoes - Aldo have again teamed up with Preen to work on their Rise project. Put us on the list!
5. The ultra sleek splicing of textures and fabrics - diagonal patchwork stripes and triangle inserts gave snake prints a sporty edge. And a mix of patents, leathers, voile, chiffon and cotton added major luxury.

What we'll save up for: any one of the slit pencil wrap skirts. Especially the all-leather snake print one.
What we were thankful for: as the first show of the morning, a big thank you must go to Justin and Thea for ensuring we had tea!
Top Model: Cara Delevingne (again) and Dorothea rocked it.
Fashion shocker: we really think spaghetti straps may be back after a long time in the fashion wilderness. Well, the 90s are often a reference point for Preen.


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