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It doesn't matter how slow you go so long as you do not stop.

—Wisdom of Confucius

NYFW Preen S/S 2012 

Preen never fails to deliver, with each collection Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi expand the horizon of their brand with a fresh round of creativity. Spring finds the duo in a feminine mood, with soft colors and sculpted shapes combining to create a refined yet daring look. Pastels and prints are de rigueur on the runways this season, but no one is doing them like Preen. Their mix of pixels and hand drawn patterns is completely original and after a seemingly endless stream of NYFW shows that felt culled from the ghosts of collections past, it is nice to see designers who value uniqueness over familiarity.

For all the uniqueness there are a few historical allusions – Thornton and Bregazzi were inspired by The Bloomsbury set, an English group of intellectuals that included Virginia Woolf and E.M. Forster. Rather than making their literary reference overt, they let the artistic spirit of that group’s dynamic influence things subtlety. As we all know, Preen is a thinking woman’s fashion line, as pretty as things get on the runway it is the substance and skillful technique found in each piece that keeps fans coming back for more.

PREEN
SPRING/SUMMER 2012

PHOTOS: STEPHAN MOSKOVIC
TEXT: JANELLE OKWODU

CASTING: NOAH SHELLEY FOR AM CASTING
HAIR: PAUL HANLON
MAKEUP: VAL GARLAND
PRODUCER: JULIETTE LARTHE

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Models:

1. Arizona Muse
2. Emily Baker
3. Ella Kandyba (not pictured)
4. Aymeline Valade (not pictured)
5. Elsa Sylvan
6. Lisanne de Jong
7. Patricia van der Vliet
8. Sara Blomqvist (not pictured)
9. Aline Weber
10. Daphne Groeneveld (not pictured)
11. Hanne Gaby Odiele
12. Melissa Tammerijn (not pictured)
13. Delfine Bafort (not pictured)
14. Kelsey Van Mook (not pictured)
15. Julia Frauche (not pictured)
16. Colinne Michaelis (not pictured)
17. Nimue Smit (not pictured)
18. Julia Nobis
19. Andie Arthur (not pictured)
20. Kori Richardson (not pictured)
21. Ilse De Boer (not pictured)
22. Jacquelyn Jablonski (not pictured)
23. Alana Zimmer (not pictured)
24. Liisa Winkler (not pictured)
25. Marique Schimmel (not pictured)
26. Monika Sawicka
27. Lindsey Wixson
28. Josephine Skriver (not pictured)
29. Isabella Melo
30. Katlin Aas
31. Alyona Subbotina (not pictured)
32. Valerija Kelava (not pictured)
33. Aline Weber
34. Elsa Sylvan
35. Patricia van der Vliet
36. Aymeline Valade
37. Emily Baker
38. Ella Kandyba
39. Arizona Muse
40. Hanne Gaby Odiele
41. Melissa Tammerijn
42. Daphne Groeneveld