"A Seattle-grunge mood with an Ali MacGraw attitude," was Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi's summary of their direction for Fall at Preen Line. "Grunge is so dark and cult, so we wanted something romantic to contrast it with," Thornton said about the duo's secondary collection. "Ali MacGraw—her effortless attitude and the way she combined a boyish style with delicate femininity—was the perfect muse."
Given that the seventies tangentially inspired many grunge classics, it's not completely shocking that Thornton and Bregazzi were able to massage these two ideas together. The red buffalo-check tops and dresses, many made out of a dull satin, were digitally printed with tiny black flowers, offsetting the masculinity of the plaid. A satin shirtdress in green buffalo check was embroidered on the back with the words "Music Is My Life: Rock & Roll Saved the World," surrounded by a rainbow of crewel flowers.
But it was the dominant colors—true red, blue, and green in particular—that really defined the collection. Thornton said he and Bregazzi were inspired by Kurt Cobain's shirts. To be sure, one could easily drop the grunge god's red-and-black striped top and mossy green mohair cardigan into the lineup of patchwork rabbit-fur bombers and tiny floral-patchwork frocks, which served as a modern nod to Gunne Sax. But Cobain's style—and grunge in general—had a murkiness about it. The idea of MacGraw's clean look made Preen Line's Fall effort so much clearer.