Preen by Thornton Bregazzi; What’s Going On?
“You are a hot rocking crew of hip hopping tribal gals,” the sign backstage demanded of the models about to walk out in Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi’s creations, suggesting a little something about the diverse influences which lay behind this show.
“Late-eighties, early-nineties Neneh Cherry, Beastie Boys, Salt-N-Pepa, and Dapper Dan, the Harlem designer who made costumes for them,” said Thornton, but the pair were also fascinated by images of the Masai cricket team that they had first seen on the pages of National Geographic. “They wear their traditional robes with their cricket whites. They look amazing.”
The long, draped silhouettes of these unconventional cricket uniforms provided the creative foundation for Thornton and Bregazzi’s own designs, with their asymmetric hemlines and wrap-around quality.
The Masai cricket team also incorporate traditional beading into their pieces, something which was very much a factor in Preen’s latest collection. Beautiful, hand-beaded fringe tumbled over bodycon dresses, around waistlines and halter-necks, beautifully transporting us to the plains of Kenya.
Elsewhere, a slouchy cricket jumper made an appearance, and the sportswear aesthetic continued to appear in the retro, graphic stripe trims which accented skirts and dresses. Slightly loose trousers and oversized jackets with angular shoulders added to the feel of this as a sports team, lazing around somewhere in 1980s Harlem. A solid, incredibly wearable collection that is sure to be a hit with all sorts this Spring.