Preen by Thornton Bregazzi AW16

Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi's Preen Autumn/Winter 2016 offering was an erratic display of neo romanticism and borderline goth and punk, inspired by musicians who didn't care what other people thought - a common ground for many other British designers. But Preen was definitely not the usual rocker girl you would expect. Instead, the collection was dosed in quite a heavy concentration of sensuality and femininity, manifested as low-cut bodices, free-flowing dresses cinched at the waist and sheer, ruffled dresses that could almost pass as lingerie. 

From social media, and even our site, it may seem as if Preen's AW was dominated by a electric, hot pink, but in fact these eye-catching numbers in sequins and velvet only made up 5 of the total 40 looks in the collection. Pink overshadowed loose black dresses decorated with gothic floral patterns, red and military green checkered coats, blue-on-white leaf motifs, and beautifully structured velvet dresses in an olive green and beetroot burgundy. These juxtapositions were translated onto each look as contrasts between fitted waists and shoulders and relaxed, almost slouchy overcoats and dresses. Sleeves were often elongated and skirts remained knee-length to floor-length, emanating a reserved yet ultimately cool vibe. 

Click through to see all 40 looks, and scroll down to watch the BFC's round-up of the Preen by Thornton Bregazzi AW16 Show from London Fashion Week.   

Brian HK Chan

Hong Kong

Editor in Chief
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