Runway Report: Preen by Thornton Bregazzi

It’s no secret that designers Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi love romance, and for Fall 2016 they served up a serious lesson in the art of sensual winter style with their use of sheer fabrics, sequins and velvet.

The starting point for this collection was the ‘Poetry Groupie’ the pair explained backstage. “She’s a bit like a rock-star groupie, but she’s obsessed with poetry and Edith Sitwell is her heroine,” said Thornton.

The influence of Sitwell and her artistic, literary came through in dark floral dresses but to lend that romantic mood some edge, the designers worked in a rock element, taking their cues from Joan Jett and Cherie Currie of The Runaways who were “the first girl band to sing aggressive music,” explained Bregazzi.

The dresses were pretty in quilted velvet and chiffons with a grungy aesthetic and oversized plaid coats came with enlarged frock proportions and frilly hems. Charcoal knitted sweaters came with “girl” slogans and fierce over-the-knee lace-up boots had stomping attitude. Their rich mix of fabrics was a familiar characteristic – plaid, cotton and silk velvets were matched with iridescent silk nylon blouses. There was also plenty of color in the form of pastel and sorbet shaded pinks, azure blues, deep tangerine and rich burgundies.

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