LONDON (AP) — Geometric shapes, neon pink and clean white: Preen set the tone for its new spring collection on Sunday right from the start, even before the first outfits were displayed.
The label's design duo, Justin Thornton and Thea Bragazzi, staged their London Fashion Week show at a futuristic wing of the Natural History Museum, with models emerging dramatically from a pink-lit square doorway before descending down a flight of steps to the white catwalk.
White structured dresses with neat collars and colorful geometric patchwork printed on sheer fabrics opened the show, followed by sexier strappy slip dresses and dreamy, printed skirts with romantic handkerchief hems.
Mini dresses in pastel blue and pink with cutouts followed, many featuring a key theme for the collection — belts and straps in matching colors that wrap and drape across the body, held together at the waist or the back with shiny silver clasps.
The collection stepped up a notch in vibrancy in the second half, with bright neon pinks and sporty looks in shimmery, semi-sheer plastic raincoat textures. The star pieces were undoubtedly the shiny oversized parkas, printed with the same geometric patterns that appeared before, but with a foiled finish as delectable as a candy wrapper.
Every piece was modern and wearable, and judging from the murmurs of appreciation from the audience, it seems clear that this was a crowd-pleaser of a show and the clothes are going to be a hit come next season.