Looks from the Preen fall 2012 show in New York on Feb. 13.
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Preen is one of those labels that we can’t help but be obsessed with. It’s edgy punk rock vibe mixed with soft Victorian silhouettes always sends us into a serious wardrobe-envy frenzy. This season, designers Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi played with patterns and bold colors in a fresh way by mixing traditionally autumn hues (like mossy green, black, and gray) with summery neon oranges and white. For the first ensemble, a mod ’60s shift dress looks like it was chopped to bits and then pieced back together, but in an incredibly thoughtful way. We’ve never seen colorblocking and florals used like this before, and we LIKE it. It’s unexpected yet still feminine and incredibly tailored. Plus, the olive green booties ground the ensemble to make the mismatched dress look put together.
We’ve seen accent collars all over the runway this season (see: Rebecca Minkoff, Victoria Beckham, and Charlotte Ronson), but this outfit brings the neck decoration to a whole new level. The collar is decked out in floral fabric with a bright orange trim (with matching cuffs!) on a soft, flowy blouse to keep it from looking too stuffy. The look is finished with a high-waisted floral pencil skirt and matching (!!!) platform shoes. The final ensemble is definitely the most mod of all. It’s a stark white, asymmetrical gold button-up dress with black and orange colorblocked arms paired with to-die-for low-cut platform booties. If you’re looking for the anti-black fall ensemble, Preen’s A/W collection is definitely the way to go.