Posts Tagged ‘Preen’


In Fashion on August 25, 2013 at 9:59 am

Mary Katrantzou floral print jacket
$3,605 –

Preen zip pants

Marc by Marc Jacobs lace up wedge sneaker
$590 –

Musing: Preen

In Fashion on July 24, 2011 at 7:36 pm

Preen Silk chiffon aztec print shirt via

This has to be the third post I have done about this line. I can’t help it.

I’m on a serious mission for PREEN. It has its seriously girly moments, but when Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi, the duo behind the line get in with their trousers and sheer tops, they give designers like Alexander Wang and Helmut Lang a serious run for their money.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I love them all. But Wang and Lang have experienced saturation to the highest effect. And I need a bit of a balance. I mean, I am trying to soften things up a bit, you know what I mean.

I mean, look at this stunning Silk chiffon aztec print. This is the depth of Preen when its not in ‘dress’ mode. There’s something for everyone here, don’t underestimate.

See more of my favourite PREEN pieces on my TUMBLR.

Affordable Preen

In British, designer, Fashion, Fashion Heat, London on February 18, 2011 at 6:31 pm


Design duo Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi of Preen had a stellar collection at New York Fashion Week. And GOD, the life of an in-demand designer! The next day, they jetted off to London for a presentation at London Fashion Week. With all the titillating looks, it is a shame that I can’t just fork over a blank cheque to feed my Preen deprived soul.

What would I do to own a piece of Preen! Well, I could buy the line at bank-braking prices at my local luxury store, or, as it turns out, I could turn to UK retailer Debenhams, as they’ve recently collaborated with the chain for a limited release ‘edition’ of (extremely) affordable pieces. If I had to choose, I think I’dtake the latter.

Preen at New York Fashion Week a/w 2011

The drop with Debenhams is closer to the edgy aesthetic most of us are used to, but they are all wish-list items nonetheless. I won’t be surprised if they sell out before month end.

Preen/Edition black tassel leather jacket

Preen/Edition Natural zip detail mac coat

Preen/Edition bright blue mesh insert vest

Shout out to FataleFashion for providing the video

NYFW 2011: Peachy keen

In designer, Fashion, Trend, Trend Report on February 14, 2011 at 10:05 pm

via and WWD

Splurge: Evening dresses

In Fashion, Fashion Heat, Good Look, Shopping, splurge, style, Trend, Trend Report, Wish List on December 7, 2010 at 4:42 pm

So, it’s Christmas. You know what that means: New Year’s Eve is around the corner. You need that killer dress. That bada boom. And no, you won’t – as long as you read this – be wearing another black lace dress. So let’s do this; get it right. Try a trend you’ve never considered before. This is your last chance.

This Versace Patent-leather strapless dress is equivalent to about 3 mortgage payments ($6,667.50 USD), but it’s worth it. The colour, cut and look is what dreams are made of. An electric aquamarine dream. Available, exclusively, at Net-A-Porter.
Doesn’t this dress remind you of a certain Bajan singer? This one-shoulder number by Georgian-born, UK-based designer David Koma is the business. Yes, this dress (sold at Browns) is steep (2,205 GBP), but hey, this is about splurging right? And who doesn’t want to have at least one of those in their closets at least once?
White is the perfect statement colour. It represents purity, which can also mean a clean slate as you enter the new year. This dress by Preen gives the illusion of innocent, but your dramatic accessories (black booties being one), will show the real you. It’s not as hefty as the other two ($1,593.55 USD at Matches), and it’s also very minimal, which means you’ll probably throw on some tights and a cardigan for multi-usage.
Are you a Victorian Goth Queen? Well, so was the late Sir Alexander McQueen, and this dress, well, gold, was jacquard, is like a religion. Powerful, sombre yet majestic. This piece is a work of art (5,259 Euros at Farfetch), and is an item that will go down in history.

This dress by Balmain happens to be a personal favourite (it’s also on my distant wish list:13,475 Euros at Colette) , which is funny because I’ve never really been a Balmain type-of-girl. But despite the fringe and metal detail, there’s an understatement about it. As cliche as this sounds, an air of mystery. And not just because it’s black. But possibly the brocade and full neckline are what does it. You don’t particularly have to be brave to wear this dress. But then again, I like tight and short. The cost: one year of college education. The feeling when you where the dress:priceless.

Trend Reports: Extreme Body Consciousness

In designer, dress, Fashion, Fashion Heat, Good Look, Trend, Trend Report on December 8, 2009 at 8:53 pm

The Body-con dress is the best thing invented since God invented us – “us” meaning women. I once wrote a personal blog post regarding “skinny bitches in Hervé Léger,” but admittedly, I’m closer to slim than I am to blimp. But my ode to the body-con dress is because of my love for short and skin-tight. I adore having my body being hugged by velvety supple fabric; I want a dress that will literally mould to my shape accentuating my curves, flaunting what I have while I have it. But beware, there’s a thin line between sultry and skank.

Maxmara for Hervé Léger was a genius idea.  In early `08, once Cheryl Cole flaunted a tri-colour haltered Hervé Léger the best way she knew how, the body-con dress became a fashion frenzy, and a train of celebrities followed suit. One-by-one those girls pumped out Hervé in different colours and cuts, but the medal goes to the women with the hour-glass figures. They were the true definition of a Hervé Léger muse, and that’s the way it should be. To our benefit, other designers including Alexander Wang, Preen and Emilio De La Morena all have their own striking interpretations of body-con. I could easily fill a page of the best body-con dresses on the market.

The body-con dress must be tight and short, with holes and slits in all the right places (think shoulders and waistlines). Make sure you carry the dress with a punk mentality. It’s not for the faint-hearted and ultra girly, the body-con dress is for women who like edge. Those who aren’t afraid to command the room they walk into. The body-con dress screams sexy and dangerous, but not loose. To optimize the look, opt for stiletto ankle booties with a vintage leather biker jacket.

Splurge: Preen

In designer, Engage, Fashion, RTW, splurge on November 6, 2009 at 10:21 pm

Fashion design couple Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi’s line Preen has been on my mind for quite some time. In 2009, Preen proposed a more traditional fashion-girl but 2010 marks the turn of a recession. Preen has pushed this once light-hearted girl into darker, more demanding territories. The androgynous emphasis of Preen’s line incorporated with the `90s power-suit wearing woman means the designers have noticed a trend: women are fierce and taking charge. The line has empowered women, and whether they choose to wear free-slowing silks, show skin, or wear sluggish trousers, the new Preen woman dived head first in deep end of the sea – and she has conquered it like a true warrior.

Available at Browns Fashion and Net-A-Porter.