NYFW S/S 2012: Preen
Playful pixelated prints met ladylike silhouettes for Preen’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection, which showed at New York Fashion Week yesterday.
A sugary palette was presented in multicoloured square motifs across separates and knits, with structured tailoring in lemon and powder blue complementing the patterns. At times the gridded squares took on a 3D effect, offering a computer-generated, pixilated vision. Darker tones and graphic floral prints were later integrated into designs, while details included ruffled shirt hems, peplums and cuffs. Silhouettes remained consistently clean with skirt lengths hovering around the knee and natural waists defined by flounced details.
Designers Thea Bregazzi and Justin Thornton, the British duo behind the label, cited feminist novelist Virginia Woolf as their inspiration for the collection – a starting point referenced through straight-laced styling and a demure silhouette. Sweet and yet distinctly modern, the collection is one of the key highlights of NYFW so far, fusing New York’s sense of sophistication with Preen’s edge and innovation.
NYFW runs until September 15 2011.