The ’80s are revived in a Pre-Fall collection with an eclectic mix of vintage and vibrancy
For the Preen by Thornton Bregazzi Pre-Fall 2017 collection, the designers showcased an array of floral dresses, ruffle details, versatile prints and a foray of fabrics.
“This is one of those things we thought we’d just try and see,” said Thornton, patting a hyper-floral riot of printed silk eiderdowns and cushions tumbling over chairs and a window seat. “I’ve got loads of vintage eiderdowns at home and my cupboards look like The Princess and the Pea,” said Bregazzi, “but when we looked, we found no one’s making them anymore, so we thought, why not?” Thus a soft furnishings offshoot has sprung up: Preen Home. “And there has been a great reaction to it,” Thornton remarked.
Some of the furnishing fabric prints—eye-vibrating red and purple, orange and green peonies, poppies—have spilled over into the Pre-Fall lineup of frilled-edge, handkerchief-point dresses. The late-summer crop is otherwise a breezy drift of their signature micro-floral chiffons and black lace ’80s goth dresses, interspersed with ruffled tailoring and rugby shirt shapes.