London Fashion Week's third day kicked off with a visit to the Natural History Museum for a colorful collection from Preen by Thornton Bregazzi. LFW's Spring 2014 shade of choice — pink — was here in abundance (it even lit up the entrance to the catwalk), but we also saw lots of white, blue, and gray along rainbow geometric prints, sometimes in block color, other times broken up by shattered florals. Raincoats were the surprise highlight of the collection, in printed plastics and futuristic foil, while origami-folded dresses in bright prints or spaghetti-strap slips in white and pink offered a modern way to dress for cocktail hour.
What's black and white and red all over? Justin Thornton and Leah Bregazzi's Fall 2013 collection for Preen fits that description, but the offering's story is about more than color. The duo got a lot of mileage out of their focused color palette and used fused prints like leopard and tartan to pleasing effect. Contrasting piping on off-center shirt collars looked modern, while the sleek cut of other pieces, like slim suits and a halter dress with a plunging neckline, telegraphed a confident strength. The show ended with a selection of pieces festooned with crisscrossing stripes of jeweled embellishment. After all, a little bling never hurt anyone.
Set at London's Heron Tower, the Preen Fall '13 collection was as much a reflection of its setting as it was a product of designers Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi's penchant for architecturally clean lines. Graphic baby-doll dresses — fixed with pronounced pointed collars — came down the runway in navy blues, blacks, whites, and reds. Tailored suits and angular jackets, which were punched up with asymmetrical zippers, provided a menswear-inspired slant, while the most feminine fare of the lot was saved for last. Near the show's finale, we were treated to all-out glittering floral embellishments adorning sheer blouses, skirt folds, and sportier sweatshirt silhouettes. Think of Preen's Fall '13 lineup as one that supplies the modernist with a colorfully cool wardrobe. See it all here — and now.