Preen Birds...

Preen fall 2011, Their multicolored geometric-floral motif, was hand-embroidered, block-printed onto silk, and knit into intarsia sweaters. They further upped the stakes with patches of crystal and metal beading, which turned head-to-toe navy workwear into under-the-radar elegant evening. (They also chunked that flash onto the chin-scraping high collars worn under lean suits, an homage, Thornton said, to Diana Vreeland.)

High fashion so often has a disconnect between who can really pull off wearing chic, interesting clothing (girls in their twenties) and who can actually afford it (women in their thirties and upward). But with this collection, Thornton and Bregazzi increasingly bridge that gap, and that's no mean feat.

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