Preen by Thornton Bregazzi
September 20, 2004 London
At the heart of this collection was their take on Africa (a trend that's been rising all summer from Portobello Road market, where Preen is based), with a glance toward Holly Hobbie. That meant a splashy micro-print got worked into some bunchy cotton dresses, and others turned out as abstract, collaged, folksy trapezes. It led them very near territory that has already been explored by the advance guard of Nicolas Ghesquière, Sophia Kokosalaki, and Hussein Chalayan, but there was enough to give the collection an integrity of its own.