The Preen Scene
It’s been a very good year for Preen’s Thea Bregazzi and Justin Thornton. First, we noticed that both their main collection and commercial Preen Line have quietly become It girl and celebrity staples. It started in April with Gwyneth Paltrow showing off her gorgeous gams in a black Power Bandage dress, a perennial Preen style, during her Iron Man publicity tour. And in short order came more fabulous credits on Anne Hathaway, Leigh Lezark, Chloë Sevigny, Karolina Kurkova, Mandy Moore, and Sienna Miller. Most recently, Fabiola Beracasa wore their Frances dress to Aid for AIDS earlier this month; Cindy Crawford was spotted in the Band dress (Spring’s finale look) last weekend at a Darfur fundraiser in London; and Bond girl Gemma Arterton repeated Gwyneth’s Iron appearance stitch for stitch in a black Power Bandage at the British Academy Children’s Awards. (You can compare and contrast in the image at left.) Second, when we called their PR to confirm all of the above, we learned that the design duo’s first ever resort collection, made exclusively for Net-a-Porter, is close to selling out. (Although for those of you who want to work a Gwyneth or Gemma, there are still a few Power Bandage frocks left in stock, in black and a special Resort-only hot pink.) A good year, indeed.