Come Christmas, the online stores and high street is awash with sequins and glitter. Fashion magpies (like me) stock up on a few pieces to add to the vintage and street wear. This season, glitter shoes and boots and pretty nifty metallic loafers have been added to the obligatory metallic strappy sandals. Which means, come sale time post Christmas, someone’s going to clean up on discounted high-bling.
One of the collections shown earlier this year that shone with as much street attitude as the selected multi-coloured sequin pieces it showed was Preen Line, the little sister line of Preen by Thornton Bregazzi. One of LFW’s more interesting labels, the latter has grown in sophistication over the years. Enter Preen Line which ensures a more high-energy, upbeat, cocktail through to club wear line. (NB. The maxi dress was worn by Kate Moss within hours of being shown).
This is a strong collection that shows the confidence of the design duo who have honed their editing skills. Sharper, leaner, more co-ordinated and with sequin exclamation marks to boot, the collection shows the Thornton & Bergazzi are on a roll.
Pretty ‘airmail-letter’, striped day dresses were cleverly down-styled with wool beenies and huge ‘70s sunglasses. Colour block cable sweaters in jewelled colours, chenille harem pants, sheer chiffon tops, fringed quilted bomber & linear coats and fake fur biker styles; Preen Line’s strength lies in it being able to be styled down as a statement or styled up for full-on ‘get the London look’. With it’s roots in punk and grunge, the design team have grown up with their clients but still have lots of edge in their soul.
The sequin embellishment may have stolen the show but there were plenty of stand-out pieces. The label deserves more credit and attention.