Preen by Thornton Bregazzi live fashion event heading to the V&A

London’s famous Victoria and Albert Museum has tapped Preen by Thornton Bregazzi for its next Fashion in Motion event.The live fashion programme features some of the “greatest designers of modern times,” bringing the catwalk experience to a wider audie…

London’s famous Victoria and Albert Museum has tapped Preen by Thornton Bregazzi for its next Fashion in Motion event.

The live fashion programme features some of the “greatest designers of modern times,” bringing the catwalk experience to a wider audience by modelling it against the beautiful backdrop of the iconic museum.

Alexander McQueen, Erdem, Jean Paul Gaultier, Jenny Packham, Roksanda Ilincic and Vivienne Westwood have all previously been the focus, with the V&A now shining the spotlight on Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi’s London-based brand.

“The museum has always been an endless source of inspiration for our designs,” the duo said in a statement. “First stop on a visit is always the Ceramics Galleries where we love to look at the amazing collection of decorated porcelain. Elements of Victorian culture and costume seep into our collections and the floral motifs of the arts and crafts movement often form the basis of our signature prints.”

Fashion in Motion: Preen by Thornton Bregazzi begins on 21 June in the V&A’s Raphael Gallery. There will be four catwalk shows throughout the day at 13.00, 15.00, 17.00 and 20.00.

The event is free but booking is required – tickets will be available from the museum’s website from 10 June.

“As a west London-based brand, having the V&A on our doorstep is such a blessing – the museum has always been an endless source of inspiration for our designs,” the designers, who started their label in 1996, added. “We feel honoured to show our work in an institution that has been so formative to Preen’s brand DNA.”

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Victoria Beckham confirmed to show at London Fashion Week

Victoria Beckham will show her next collection during London Fashion Week.Earlier this year (18), fashion publication WWD reported that the British fashion designer was planning to celebrate her brand’s 10th anniversary by shifting her presentation bac…

Victoria Beckham will show her next collection during London Fashion Week.

Earlier this year (18), fashion publication WWD reported that the British fashion designer was planning to celebrate her brand’s 10th anniversary by shifting her presentation back to the U.K. following several years of unveiling collections as part of New York Fashion Week.

On Monday (16Jul18), officials for London Fashion Week announced that Beckham would be showing in the capital city alongside several other major labels.

“Just announced! The provisional September 2018 #LFW & Events schedule is now online. Highlights include an exciting line-up of @BFC #NEWGEN recipients, @anyahindmarch, @Burberry, @JW_Anderson & @VictoriaBeckham,” they posted on Instagram.

Beckham launched her eponymous label in September 2008 with a low-key presentation and has since gone on to expand her company to include accessories and a limited-edition make-up collection with Estee Lauder.

The 44-year-old is set to present on 16 September at 10am, however, she has not yet commented on her plans for the show or hinted at a location.

Among the new names to join the London calendar are Alexa Chung, who will drop the latest ranges from her ALEXACHUNG namesake brand, as well as menswear designers Bobby Abley and Kiko Kostadinov.

Other designers to watch out for on the London calendar include Anya Hindmarch, Molly Goddard, Gareth Pugh, Temperley London and Mary Katrantzou, who will show on 15 September, while presentations for Jenny Packham, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, Roland Mouret and Nicholas Kirkwood will continue the following day.

In addition, former Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci is set to drop his debut line for English heritage fashion label Burberry on the evening of 17 September.

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Preen celebrates Korean divers with fall 18 collection

Preen by Thornton Bregazzi’s fall/winter 2018 collection was inspired by South Korean divers.Designers Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi unveiled their latest line as part of London Fashion Week on Sunday (18Feb18), with the range including dresses mad…

Preen by Thornton Bregazzi’s fall/winter 2018 collection was inspired by South Korean divers.

Designers Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi unveiled their latest line as part of London Fashion Week on Sunday (18Feb18), with the range including dresses made from wetsuit material, skirts with seaweed-like drapes of fabric and shoes that resembled furry sea anemones.

While the ocean references were unmistakable, Thornton and Bregazzi have now explained that the garments were actually influenced by the female Haenyeo divers from the province of Jeju, who are known for their independence and skill in gathering seafood to feed and support their families.

“They dive for octopus and squid; they are the main breadwinners,” Bregazzi told Footwear News. “The men stay at home and look after the kids, and it works perfectly.”

The designers began to research Haenyeo divers after a trip to London’s Maritime Museum. They were especially intrigued by the way in which the women layered tops over their simple rubber wetsuits, with the concept appearing in several silhouettes in their collection.

For instance, one look was comprised of a wetsuit-like top worn over a floaty black skirt with delicate detailing around the hem, while a floral print shirt dress featured elasticated drawstrings around the sleeves and green faux fur detailing on the bodice.

Other highlights included a bright green dress with delicate ruching and pleated skirt and a one-shoulder black dress embellished with shell-like beads and sequins across the top.

Thornton and Bregazzi complemented the outfits with similarly themed footwear options, such as boots inspired by the rubber versions worn by professional divers, and high heels covered in swathes of feathers and fur, with many designs worn with fishnet tights or hosiery dotted with sequins and pearls.

“The green ones were particularly seaweedy,” added Thornton of the footwear. “We wanted something that moved a bit like seaweed, like when you see it half in the water and half on the rocks.”

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