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Preen by Thornton Bregazzi Fall 2012: The Butterfly Effect

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The Scene: Walking into the IAC building to see Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi's latest Preen collection, we already knew the twosome had their work cut out for them—Spring 2012's pixelated pastels were one of the most beautiful things we've ever seen come down a runway. But with the designers' Beatrix Potter-inspired fall offerings, they still managed to woo us.

The Look: Thornton and Bregazzi made heavy (but never heavy-handed) use of wallpapery botanical and butterfly prints, placing them into colorblocked separates and dresses. Rusty orange and faded green were the dominant color motifs—at least for the first half of the show. After that, artsy paintbrushed pieces were sent out, along with more collaged cocktail looks that integrated a black-and-white check, a shrunken monochromatic mini-floral, panels of sheer lace and a paisley-looking ivy pattern. The real showstoppers, however, were the skirts, tops and dresses that took that central butterfly print and overlaid it with sequins, beadwork and crystals.

Pieces We Want: In addition to two awesome graphic sweatersl, we just loved the modest hemlines and careful collaging of the many pencil skirts. The lacy dresses and tops were stunning as well, though in the real world, we'd slip a little camisole underneath them for modesty's sake.

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