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Preen Womenswear S/S11

Thornton and Bregazzi bring light shades of blue and beige together with intricate optical prints

On Sunday, Brit label Preen took over Milk Studios, next to Chelsea Market, for their own version of pastel coloured power dressing. It wasn’t all deconstructed tailoring though; slim suit jackets and buttoned up shirts did dominate parts of the S/S11 show. Also emphasized waists played a vital role through heavily featured belts, but also layered trouser waist put focus on that specific body part.

Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi’s light shades of blue, grey and beige dominated, but it was an optical circle and square shaped print that attracted attention. A few silk tops were given volume by a bellow-like pleating, and the tops and dresses sporting intricate torso embroideries drew impressed gasps from the audience.

Dazed Digital: What did you look towards for inspiration?

Justin Thornton: Our trip to Egypt; the golden sun, the amazingly blue sky and the Moorish architecture. We got the prints from different Egyptian tiles!

DD: There was a fair share of power suiting in there…

Justin Thornton: That’s our thing, I suppose. It goes through all our collections…

DD: Tell us about the dress fabric that was used throughout!

Justin Thornton: It’s a crepe silk that’s been bonded. It's light and looks like neoprene, but it has great structure.

DD: Do you have a favourite item from the show?

Justin Thornton: The black and beige dress at the end.