Returning to their roots with their first season back in London for six years, having stormed it in New York, Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi delivered the style goods at the Darwin Centre in the Natural History Museum. If Autumn Winter was an exploration of botanical brights, set against a banging Black Rebel Motorcycle Club soundtrack, for Spring Summer 2013 Preen went for a rather more muted palette, relying heavily on contrasting textures with a patchwork mix of skins, presenting stingray, python and lizard, rose screen prints, sheer panel detailing and prim white collars. Killer ankle strap paint-dipped heels delivered a powerful finish to every look. This collection is an absolute must come the new season.
In keeping with the trend for crisp white cottons and minimalist silhouettes, for Spring Summer 2013 Margaret Howell presented a collection that is clean cut but with a fun edge. Exit one was a simple white stiff cotton shirt dress, while knitted bandeau and shorts sets and dungarees and smock caps added a playful element. Tomboy side partings with pinned flat braids provided by hair maestro Neil Moodie enhanced the sleek chic look of the collection.
With new creative director Joanna Sykes formerly of Aquascutum having only just taken over the role at Nicole Farhi, the Spring Summer 2013 collection marks a transitional phase - but pulls it off with all the trademark style and finesse of the brand. Taking inspiration from Tuscan marbles and mountains, crisp pleats and paper folds in stone, ice, oyster, beige and midnight indigo added a chic simplicity to the collection, while oversized sunglasses and half up, flattened beehives added a cool edge. We can't wait to see where Joanna Sykes will take the brand next.
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