City Pulse

By Alexandra Taylor

It was another show stopping morning at Milk Studios with the Preen By Thornton Bregazzi A/W 2011 show. Each season, I find myself becoming more enthralled with designers Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi and their effortlessly chic line. The design duo has an uncanny ability to create innovative yet wearable pieces using fabric, color, and print combos unlike others, leaving you in awe of the beautifully crafted collection you just witnessed. With inspiration derived from the posh and elegant styles of icons like Diana Vreeland and the Duchess of Windsor, Preen aspired to showcase a new take on modern feminine collections.

Backstage James Kaliardos for M.A.C Cosmetics created a fresh look to contrast the ultra feminine and refined collection. Fashioning a more masculine face, Kaliardos chose to highlight the natural features of the runway models with a soft brow, smoky eye using M.A.C Moleskin Eye shadow on the lid and under the eye, as well contours on the cheekbones using Taupe powder. Creating a “waxy look” as the makeup maven stated using M.A.C moisturizer, face and body foundation. The makeup was not too over done focusing more on the subtle details, which makes one’s beauty stand out. The cheeks and lips were accentuated with M.A.C’s Brit Wit Blush Crème giving enough radiance without appearing exaggerated. Kaliardos showcased an easy and attainable look, which complimented the clothing instead of overpowering it.

Preen chose a simple and pulled back look for the hairstyle. Luke Hersheson for Redken explained that the style was a beautiful and simple slicked back high ponytail with a boyish twist. The look is a bit tougher in attitude as Hersheson put it, in reflection to the clothing but still compliments the collection nicely, while giving that bit of edge that the Preen label so easily exudes.

The Preen collection emphasized modern femininity with a vibrant color palette, exuberant prints, and detailed construction all coming together to create an effortless Fall 2011 collection. The collection featured a variety of tailored suitings with innovative construction details along with intricate embroidery and beading on silk blouses, chunky knitwear, and tailored wool jackets. It was all in the details with this collection, truly showcasing the strength behind the Preen label to not only create beautiful garments, but also showcase well-crafted one of a kind pieces that speak for themselves.

Originally published February 2011
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