Preen by Thornton Bregazzi
February 14, 2005 London
That worked well for trapeze-shape jersey dresses with looped hemlines, an artier version of the peasant smock that's turning up all over as a London trend. Preen's coats and jackets, which often come with dramatically sliced lapels and soft gathers and flounces, also had a certain distinction. Unfortunately, their theoretical explorations of loops and folds ended up in some heavy encounters with chunky gray tweed, where the fabric won, and wearability sank out of sight. Never mind. Preen's development is interesting to watch, and all credit is due to them for surviving the toughest of fashion times as resolute independents.