Certain things in life are polarizing. Mayonnaise, for instance—some people live for the stuff; others are convinced it's Satan's condiment, conceived and eaten in hell. Seeing a Star Wars character printed on erstwhile high-fashion clothes is a bit like that. Either you are dead keen on the idea of wearing a blouse with Darth Vader's face on it, as was seen here at Preen (Star Wars characters turned up at Rodarte, too), or, like this reviewer, you think the whole thing is gimmicky and smacks of corporate bullying.

As for the rest of the Preen collection? Well, there was quite a bit to like here: the frothy tesseract-print dresses, the parkas with gargantuan fur hoods, the looks in a cheering clementine hue, the lamé shirtdresses at the close of the show. Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi cut some very nice trousers this season, and their incorporation of trim, ribbed-knit skirts into looks made for an appealing silhouette proposition. On the other hand, that Darth Vader head kept showing up on the clothes, and if that wasn't your jam, then this collection would have a hard time winning you over, no matter its charms.