February 07, 2014 New York
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.