Eighties graphics mix with retrospective femininity at Preen

London: Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi, designers for Preen, looked to the late Ray Petri’s work at the Buffalo label and his images of the early eighties for inspiration. The endemic bold graphic elements were worked in to the brand’s signature floaty drop waist dresses, while striking panels of black and white in slim skirts were paired with crisp white shirts, slit at the side to allow a loose and free back. On the other hand, sweet white devore blouses edged in lace were teamed with cropped trousers or slim lace pencil skirts, imbuing the contrasts between the hard edge of Petri and the more feminine aspects of the wardrobe of Diana, Princess of Wales. The mix worked in sailor collars attached to floaty dresses, knitted maxi dresses or on an expansive, feminine trenchcoat – a thoroughly refreshing and modern presentation for the new season. – Lizzy Bowring

Theme: Eighties graphics mix with retrospective femininity.

Key Items: White shirt / Black lace pencil skirt / Drop waist dresses / Sailor collared trench coat / Graphic 2-toned trousers / Slim lace dress / Maxi dress / Maxi shirt dress / Ruffle shouldered blouse / Tab front skirt / Woven tee tops / Sailor collared top / Asymmetrical skirt / Lace edged blouse

Colour: Black / White / Lemon

Print and Pattern: Sporty stripes / Breton stripes / Embroidered florals / Herringbone stripe

Trims and Materials: Silk chiffon / Lace / Devore / Viscose satin

Footwear and Accessories: Ankle socks / Oxfords / Wide ‘obi’ belts


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