Runway Report: Preen by Thornton Bregazzi SS16

Preen was founded in 1996 by Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi, with a joint love of all things Victorian, a passion for recycling, and with that masculine and feminine, hard/soft mix the couple always brings to their designs.

This season the recurring theme was all about prettiness, romance, ruffles, and lace finished with a darker, tougher and more punk-worthy edge. Thornton and Bregazzi said they’d been looking at contemporary dance, particularly at Michael Clark, and wanted a sense of “beautiful romance” in the collection.

What started off as delicate and feminine morphed into the masculine; best illustrated by Preen’s signature outside overcoats and tailored suiting. The opening dress, a dusty pink meadow print cut on the bias captured the fluidity and movement of the entire collection. The punk vibe was amplified via silver ring hardware and a series of leather pieces. Slim lace dresses layered over short skirts followed and completely upped the cool factor.

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