Remember those saggy old printed jumpers that your mum is wearing in all of your baby photos? the HUGE horn-rimmed glasses and grown-out perm? ringing any bells?
Rather than my dusty old photo albums, Preen designers, Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi, explored northern Californian arts and crafts to actualise those familiar geometric, spirograph prints and 80s techno colour clashing. My understanding was deconstructed reconstruction; the illusion of layering was created through a vision of cut-up and re-sewn tailored menswear pieces. To add intrigue, hand appliquéd metal and crystal beading was implemented alongside the punchy prints which were also carefully hand embroidered, printed onto silk and knitted into the jumpers. jeeeez
The silhouette, of high necklines and lower hems, signified the exploration of a more mature spirit with grown-up workwear yet, adversely, the intense bite of vivid clashing colours and cheeky thigh-high slits gave us a nudge towards a younger, raw punk attitude. Preen is to be embraced by all.