14 posts tagged "Preen"
Preen by Thornton Bregazzi is headed back to London. After showing in New York for five years, the label’s co-founder Justin Thornton feels the time is right. “We originally left for New York because we wanted to expand the business and grow internationally,” he said. “Today, London is a very different fashion week to what it once was, and it’s a great place for us to show.” [WWD]
Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince of the Kills are looking back on ten years of touring. To mark the occasion, they have reinterpreted the Fleetwood Mac classic “Dreams” for their new album Just Tell Me That You Want Me: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac. Catch a decade of photos accompanied by the duo’s rendition of the song on Nowness.com today. [Nowness]
Care to see the results of Swedish electronic king Avicii’s collaboration with Denim and Supply? Ralph Lauren has finally released images of his first-ever ad campaign, which was shot in New York by Mark Seliger. Avicii is front-and-center showing off the collection’s earthy palette of flannel and leather. [Rolling Stone]
Valerie Steele is toasting gay fashion designers. The Museum at FIT director has announced plans for her latest exhibition, entitled Queer Style: From the Closet to the Catwalk, which will highlight gay designers and their influence on the industry. Dior, Saint Laurent, and Versace are just a few names on Steele’s list to be included in the showcase that is slated to open next year. [Vogue U.K.]
As one of the undisputed go-to’s for Isabel Marant, Alaïa, and Preen in L.A., West Third Street’s Satine boutique has built a fiercely loyal clientele who trust owner Jeannie Lee to buy the best of the best collections season after season. But for the woman on a budget, all Alaïa all the time can be hard to manage. “It’s very difficult to find great clothes at the contemporary price point,” Lee admitted. “That lower price point so often just compromises quality and design.” So, together with one of her very first customers, former model Kelly Sawyer Patricof, Lee founded her own private label to fill the void. With Sawyer as creative director, the duo turned out a tight collection of basics with an Angeleno twist: among them, colored silk pants in the most eye-catching sherbet shades, a double-tie strapless dress, an accordion-pleat chiffon skirt with a curved hem, collectible linen tees, and silk boat-neck blouses.
“Two role models for me and the line are Alexander Wang and Isabel Marant,” the retailer went on. “They’re these two brands that give you this feeling that you’re buying into this beautiful brand that really means something and it’s not prohibitively expensive. That formula is genius.” Her own formula, she admitted, was somewhat unlikely. “We almost worked backwards. Instead of working from a design board, we started coming up with ideas and designs that we liked and what works and what’s flattering and what sells, what we feel is going to be in, what we’re looking for, it just all kind of came together as a story.” That story tells a decidedly West Coast tale. “L.A. style is definitely a little more relaxed and easy, but there is a large group of women that are stylish, current, and are paying attention to the shows and what’s going on in the world,” Sawyer added. (She did note that their clientele spans both coasts and that the line has elicited plenty of attention in New York.) “There’s an easy elegance to the way women dress in L.A. and we’re catering to that customer.”
Trends came and trends went in 2010, but brilliant, bold color may well be what we remember from the year in fashion—and no color more than red. “Red is inescapable,” our man on the street, Tommy Ton, noted about off-the-runway style, and at the shows and presentations, crimson ruled. Above, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite options shown in New York, Milan, and Paris this year—many of them hitting stores in 2011, lest you worry the look may leave us early. Shrinking violets need not apply.
Top, left to right: Suit by Givenchy; coat by Jil Sander; suit by Preen.
Above, left to right: Coatdress by Chloé; top and pants by Haider Ackermann; gown by Altuzarra.
As the creative director and buyer for the online menswear retailer Oki-Ni, John Skelton was well aware that more than a few women were shopping for dude’s duds on his site. Now he’s applying that unisex sensibility to his new store. LN-CC—which stands for Late Night Chameleon Cafe—launches online early next week with a mix of fashion-forward menswear from the likes of Raf Simons and Rick Owens, cult Japanese brands including Wacko Maria, and up-and-comers such as specs-maker Illesteva. Ladies’ goods include clothing from Preen and jewelry from Lara Bohinc and Mawi. So far, so good—and Skelton has gone unisex one better by asking several of the menswear brands he’s stocking to make versions of their apparel and accessories in women’s sizes and fits. (A few of the women’s labels at LN-CC will be returning the favor.) “We didn’t want to get into anything girly,” Skelton explains. “There’s a certain sensibility at work here, that a certain kind of woman appreciates, and we’re staying true to that.”
Meanwhile, the LN-CC e-commerce site is only the tip of the iceberg. Skelton and partner Dan Mitchell are knee-deep in construction on the 5,000-square-foot Late Night Chameleon Cafe store in East London, an appointment-only space that is being designed in collaboration with set designer Gary Card and which will host a library curated by Donlon Books owner Conor Donlon and a wide-ranging selection of music titles. The shop is due to open in October. “We really felt strongly that we didn’t want this to be a place people just wandered in and out of,” Skelton explains, when asked about the decision to make Late Night Chameleon Cafe open only by appointment. “We want this to be a destination, a place people come to with a sense of purpose, and where they spend some time, and engage.”
A selection from LN-CC’s wares, styled by John Skelton: jacket by Rick Owens, shirt by Damir Doma, trousers by SILENT by Damir Doma, necklace by Lara Bohinc.
Womenswear has been borrowing more and more from menswear of late, and for their latest collection, Preen designers Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi went after big game, sartorially speaking: They’ve commissioned tailoring from the historic Savile Row house Gieves & Hawkes, which has until now only produced menswear. According to G&H head of design Frederik Willems, the Preen garments were built off menswear blocks and reworked to female-friendly specs. Preen is planning to feature six to eight of the collaborative pieces (like the preview sketch, left) at tomorrow’s show, accessorized with the womanliest of womenswear: Nicholas Kirkwood shoes.