The Preen by Thornton Bregazzi Spring 2022 RTW collection is made with reemergence in mind with bright colors are in fact lifted from the rainbow-stripe test card screens that appeared when TV stations.
Thornton and Bregazzi are old enough to remember the ’80s, but they’re tuned into what the youngs of the early 2020s want. On the shortlist: clothes that look vintage, even if they aren’t; an outfit that registers as offhand, not head-to-toe; and anything body-conscious.
The lookbook opens with a quilted jacket, paperbag-waist pants, and a mock-neck top in a blow-up static print, and it closes with a candy pink moiré silk dress layered with a ruffled bra. In between, there are colorful, upcycled patchwork knits (no two of which will be the same), ruffled dresses cut asymmetrically for ease, and a sporty harness and ripcord-waist pants.
What distinguishes their ruffled dresses and oversized sweaters from actual vintage is the versatile details with which they’re made, like removable yokes and ruffled collars. The cute reversible totes with the circular cut-outs to slip an arm through are another 2020s kind of proposition; they’re made from deadstock materials.