Preen by Thornton Bregazzi
December 20, 2012 London
But there was nothing abstract about the collection's hard-edged sophistication. When the Preen twosome used lace, it was in an anything-but-fragile crazy-paving pattern. That same lace was tiered with silk in a skirt to create a tough-frills effect. Navy tulle was touched with a flash of fluoro citron. Bondage pants were cut from luxe silk crepe. Thornton and Bregazzi also sharpened their signature Preen hybrid, backing pebbled leather biker pants with a tailored pant, or attaching a nylon pac-a-mac front to a tailored wool rear. The star outfit might have been the matte stretch crepe halter dress with the pleated bodice and flared skirt. In the back room of their West London atelier, 12-week-old Blythe was peacefully napping, while out front, her parents were cooking up clothes to make night-stalkers wilt with desire.