New York: During a trip to Egypt, Preen designers Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi found their inspiration for S/S 11, picking up on a myriad of details and impressions ranging from the play of sunlight on the landscape to arabesque cutouts in local architecture. Heightening their ethnic interpretations with silhouettes culled from varied decades, as well as innovative fabrics such as puffy leather and swirling, beaded chiffon, Preen’s latest used both raised empire silhouettes and dropped waist accents to outline the body, while also hugging the hips with layered, modern peplum accessories. Pattern featured more than usual, via linear repeats etched faintly onto sheer dresses and tops. Best experienced in person, this collection represented a true mastery of both detail and construction, simultaneously satisfying fashion’s craving for minimalism and added-value craft.

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