Preen S/S 12

New York: London design team Thea Bregazzi and Justin Thornton have been churning out clothes for downtown girls across the globe for nearly 15 years now, but this season they found their inspiration in a decidedly more elegant place — the Victorian era of their muse for this spring, Virginia Woolf. Though the looks were a distinct departure from their consistently edgy aesthetic, the historical references were gently reinterpreted through a modern-day lens. A microscopic look at a flower was the basis for the pastel pixel print that adorned tops, dresses and skirts for a look that felt ladylike yet slightly futuristic. Jet black grounds provided maximum contrast for the white and softly-hued lace embroidery and mirrored prints that lent a luxurious, almost baroque touch to prim separates such as fully buttoned tops and below-the-knee skirts.  —Shannon Davenport

Silhouette: Loosely tailored / Boxy / Hourglass

Color: White / Black / Carnation / Powder blue / Electric yellow / Light primrose / Mint

Key Items: Printed button-ups / Tailored trousers / Pencil skirts / Peplum blouses / Lace tops / Clean line blazers / Belted dresses / Crisp crop tops

Materials: Lace / Satin / Crepe / Chiffon / Cotton / Silk

Details + Trim: Peter pan collars / Ruffles / Subtle peplums / Exposed zippers / Contrast cuffs / Exposed zippers / Self belts / Raglan sleeves / Clustered sequins

Accessories + Footwear: Colorblocked sandals / Open toe lace-up pumps / Metal buckle belts

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