Preen by Thornton Bregazzi
February 11, 2010 New York
The opening look was a floral bustier dress worn with a cropped turtleneck knit that exposed a band of skin in front and a bra strap in back. Tricky? Maybe, but that only made it doubly impressive that it was executed so well. This vein of sexy subversion was carefully laid into gorgeously traditional suiting cut with a distinctly mannish proportion. But let's not call these "boyfriend" pieces; "husband" seems more appropriate. The designers softened the harder edges with airily sophisticated silk and cashmere dresses, along with cocoon coats so cocoon-y you could spend an entire winter in them, especially if you are lucky enough to have one in fur cleverly cut to look like croc. Perhaps even more covetable was the last look worn by Anja Rubik—part of a grouping built around a crisp, white button-down. It was polished and grown-up, but also preserved this label's cool factor. Preen's foothold in New York fashion just dug in a little deeper.