Overall, New York Fashion Week kept to a very neutral palette, but when color was needed designers went straight for neon yellows and lime greens to brighten their quiet visions of spring. We spotted it at Jonathan Saunders, Brian Reyes and Marc by Marc, of course. But Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi of Preen, Yigal Azrouel and Clare Waight Keller at Pringle all paired their bright yellows with dove grey for a pretty fresh look that even I (I never wear color) would consider working into spring.
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Preen Fall 2011: Cut and Paste, Add Prints
For fall 2011, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, picked up where they left off last season, chopping apart tailored menswear and attaching it to softer more feminine pieces. It sounds clunky but it wasn't. The tops of tailored pants were stitched onto longer tulip skirts, and the backs of dresses looked like men's blazers, pocket slits included. Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi added color to a mostly navy and slate palette with a multicolor geometric print that looked like Escher-meets-Spirograph (remember those?) on silk tops and cropped knits. Prints gave way to heavy beading at the end of the show that covered the fronts of dresses and blouses like mold growing in a petri dish, only, you know, in a cool fashion-y way.