Eye on the Runway: Preen Pre-Fall 2013

Preen has stretched its cooler-than-thou jaws again for Pre-Fall 2013, this time fashioning a slick, somewhat laid-back collection based on David Bowie’s 1983 vampire flick “The Hunger.” Yet the vibe here feels flat and a bit lifeless – its blood sucked dry by its very own pretext.

Designers Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi hit their high notes at their most androgynous, in particular with a Mandarin-collared and forearm-banded shirt, smartly layered over/under an easy crimson tartan – totally Bowie, indeed, and a bit dark as well (the bands to us suggest shackles). They’ve long been praised for their iconoclastic pattern matching, and clients will find plenty of their house mixology here: leopard and stripes and polka-dots, to boot. Yet ironically, where things brighten – such as with a simple vermillion shift – the bloodline disjoints and the collection weakens, much like a Cullen come the dawn.

–Nicholas Remsen

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Images Courtesy of Preen.