Preen by Thornton Bregazzi A/W11

Adornment in the form of prints and heavy embroidery at the duo's show saw pops of colour against elaborate layering

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Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi's strong and focused Autumn Winter outing for Preen at Milk Studios boasted a cube print that came both printed and embroidered. On a predominately black and grey base, we saw orange shoes teamed with the brand's characteristic asymmetric tailoring, and gorgeous cashmere cardigans. Silk blouses and cropped jackets in a structured fabric impressed but it was down to the purple and blue colour combos and metal beading that drew the biggest gasps at the show. Thornton and Bregazzi managed to make a mark with a graphically strong collection that also showed off the design duo's elaborate layering skills by adding extra waists on top of trousers and skirts, a continuation from their previous Spring Summer collection. 

Dazed Digital: What was your starting point this time around?
Preen:
We began looking at different kinds of crafts and craftmanship, like the San Francisco movment - but trying not to make it too much about the 70s!

DD: How was that visible in the collection?
Preen:
Through the hand embroideries, tapestries, beading, silk screen printing, loads of slicing up the proportions.

DD: Was that the layering?
Preen:
Yeah, most things that look like it was two or three pieces was actually just one piece.

DD: Tell me about the prints...
Preen:
Well that was the craft movement inspiration but they also came from Diana Vreeland and the way she wore European couture and mixed it with outlandish blouses...

DD: What about the cube prints?
Preen:
We just wanted to keep it modern, a scene of sci-fi...

DD: Is there a piece in there that stands out?
Preen:
The navy blue crystal dress... 

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