The reserved silhouette embodied the demureness of 1950's tailoring with high necks, calf-length skirts, and waistlines pinched by thin belts.
It was a collection of unexpected surprises aplenty at Preen on Sunday morning in New York, the perfect compliment to a surprisingly sun-filled day in a city that's been recently slammed by bitter cold.
A pounding bass of mood music thumped through Milk Studios in Chelsea as designers Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi sent models down the runway in a color palette rooted in charcoal, cool grey, navy, green and rich cobalt, punctuated by multicolored prints, hand-adorned details and brightly hued heels.
The reserved silhouette embodied the demureness of 1950's tailoring with high necks, calf-length skirts, and waistlines pinched by thin belts. Yet, sparkling features like jeweled wrists and collars added a touch of minimal glamour and the darling details never stopped coming—prim, knee-length skirts with a back slit of peek-a-boo coral, keyhole details hidden at the nape of the neck, pairings of mismatched prints (sounds chaotic, looked flawless), and sexy slits up the leg.
The duo also presented a peppering of items—a long overcoat, fluid dresses, and body-hugging pieces—with hand-beaded patterns and cascading, floral applique details. It created a statement of texture and volume that was stunning and bold without ever being busy.
The only hiccup to a near perfect presentation? A slight delay before the kickoff thanks to a couple front-row A-listers with giant fur hats blocking the runway, which prompted light heckling from videographers and photographers. Ladies, take a cue from Preen—less is more.