Oct 05, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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New York: Known for their sexy, sculptural dresses, Preen designers Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi turned towards a more humble inspiration for fall, finding their muse in the Northern California Arts and Crafts movement. While a cut-and-paste approach and embroidered florals offered a girlish charm reminiscent of Rodarte and Christopher Kane, the collection was also more sophisticated and more modest than previous outings. Pencil skirts in knee- to midi-lengths met with peplum overlays, femme blouses and prim cardigans to craft a look more fit for the office than the nightclub. At the same time, allover kaleidoscopic prints, high-shine fabrics, thigh-high slits on skirts and mannish suits gave the collection a touch of downtown edge and sex appeal, befitting the label’s reputation.
Color: Inky indigo / Mandarin orange / Yves Klein blue / Purple orchid / Swampy greens
Key Items: Covered-placket dress shirt / Wrap skirt / Easy pegged trousers / Peplum overlay skirt / Modernist “Cosby” sweater / Matched skirt set / Fine-gauge turtleneck
Print + Pattern: Color-blocked cubes / Embroidered florals / Greek key pattern
Materials: Felt / Wool suiting / Curly-haired fur / High-shine silks
Details + Trim: Placed embroideries / Contrast sleeves / High-neck, small collars / Patched flap pockets / Metal ball beads
Accessories + Footwear: Metallic leather belt / Brightly colored suede pumps and booties
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