The Preen by Thornton Bregazzi AW21 collection presented at London Fashion Week’s digital program process and aesthetic came out of our lockdown experience, making us want to feel safe and secure whilst taking the time to dream.
The start of the collection was the easy comfortable knits and coats that you can wrap yourself in as to create a warm safe cocoon – the elements of the labels Preen Home line became organically incorporated into this collection in the form of quilted floral print scarfs and wraps. They designed lounge dresses with an effortless relaxed style whilst still obtaining its signature Preen heritage.
The collection has loosely been inspired by a feeling of being ‘unhinged’ (a feeling many of us feel during enforced isolation). Designers watched the original ‘Grey Gardens’ film inspired by Little Edie, who enjoyed the concept of ’even if you don’t go out, you can go out in your mind. Dressing up at home with nowhere to go thus letting your imagination and love of style take you there.
Grey Gardens is a 1975 American documentary film by Albert and David Maysles. The film depicts the everyday lives of two reclusive, upper-class women, a mother and daughter both named Edith Beale, who lived in poverty at Grey Gardens, a derelict mansion at 3 West End Road in the wealthy Georgica Pond neighborhood of East Hampton, New York. The film was screened at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival but was not entered into the main competition. Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale (1895–1977), known as “Big Edie”, and her daughter Edith Bouvier Beale (1917–2002), known as “Little Edie”, were the aunt and the first cousin, respectively, of former US First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
Sustainable fabrics were at the core of this collection, using recycled materials and deadstock. All are made to order with limited runs, continuing their contribution to a sustainable planet and to their industry.