Fall 2013 London Fashion Week: Preen

– By Teresa Greenfeld –


In a post apocalyptic world, one’s wardrobe must be chosen with care; presuming, of course, that chaos has ensued, and protecting oneself is the highest of priorities.   Or at least that’s how Preen designers Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi envision the end of the world   Inspired by Derek Jarmon’s post apocalyptic cult film Jubilee, Thornton and Bregazzi sent out sharply tailored silhouettes in a palate of red black and white. Strategically placed zippers replaced seams in body-flattering bias cuts, and yet even with their apocalyptic inspiration, the collection remained ultimately wearable –  even subtly feminine. This femininity – by way of  sheer silks, full skirts, cascading hems, and pleated bustles – was inspired by Richard Avedon’s 1949 photos of Dorian Leigh, according to the designers.

The last part of the collection, described as “quiet luxury“, brought a perfection of separates, floor-length hems and plunging necklines. Without a doubt, the most dazzling was the embellished flora pattern, created from both clear and colored crystals, and seen on sweaters, blouses, skirts and dresses.  Unexpected and somehow quite versatile,  Thornton and Bregazzi brought a refreshing playfulness to Autumn 2013.
If this is what our end of the world wardrobe will look like, then we say apocalypse now.

Photos courtesy of Style.com

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