Preen by Thornton Bregazzi
September 18, 2006 London
This leggy collection fits into the obsession with body-consciousness and the manipulation of shape that are gripping young London designers. Apart from the blown-up skirtsan abstract exaggeration of the tulip that's been around for a couple of seasonsPreen also explored the possibilities of spirally bandaged second-skin silhouettes. The best were wrapped bands of black elastic, layered pinafore-fashion over crisp white shirts, a styling device that prevented the look from turning too tarty. Moments like that demonstrated how this duo has grown up. They're celebrating their tenth year in business, and for an independent company, that's an achievement in any city.