by Susanna Lau .

Collapsing/Collaging Florals

My phone spellcheck typed out 'collaging' as 'collapsing'. I guess both would work in the context of Preen's latest collection which sees them moving more and more into print and embellishment territory as opposed to the structured tailoring from their earlier collections. This is no bad thing when the clothes have this much polish and finesse although you do occasionally get echoes of Dries Van Noten. Nonetheless, the Beatrix Potter florals, the sharp colour blocking and the application of fur panelling has a freshness that is refreshing in what feels like a darkened A/W 2012.

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