Winter Splash

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Welcome back to FFF after our winter break! We all need that extended breather in the middle of a dreary grey month. In the spirit of winter awakenings we’ve decided that a little colour was necessary to add excitement and whimsy to an otherwise neutral predictability. We were instantly inspired by this Valentino dress with a multi-coloured lambskin collar. The classic shape of the dress is what makes the unexpected colour concept work. We have also gone the same route with the other items: structured cross-body in emerald; runners in pink lace; wristwatch in stripes; executive socks with personality. The brick red Tom Ford lipstick that goes with absolutely everything just the cherry on top of our new beginnings.

1. Orange Floral Collar Dress, Valentino – $4,196.34
2. Carousel Bangle Watch, Kate Spade, New York – $300.00
3. Medium Leather & Suede Shoulder Bag, Nini Ricci – $678.65
4. Velvet Cherry Lip Color Matte, Tom Ford – $50.00
5. Pink Lace & Burgundy Suede Sneakers, Valentino – $745.00
6. Striped Crew-length Socks, Stance Wagner – $14.00

New Year, New You

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Happy New Year to all our fab fans. We would like to start the new year with ‘best of budget’ beauty post. Above are some of my favourite beauty regime, neither complicated nor too pricey… But it sure delivers; otherwise it wouldn’t make Faranak’s Fab Finds!

1. LaRoche Posey, Effeclar – Purifying Foaming Gel for Sensitive Skin – $23.00
2. Jouvance, Restructiv SRD – Anti-wrinkle Cream – $54.99
3. Shu Uemura – Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil – $93.00
4. Ole Henriksen – Truth Revealed Vitamin C Creme – $68.00
5. Coola Sport – Classic Sunscreen SPF 45 – Fresh Mango – $32.00
6. Andalou Naturals – 1000 Roses Eye Revive Contour Gel – $19.95
7. Boscia – Luminizing Black Mask – $42.00

Preen Interview

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Twenty one years ago when I was living in London, I had the good fortune to be working for a British Fashion designer named Helen Storey. The London fashion scene in 1993 had it’s usual flamboyant flavor and I was privileged to be a part of it. Whilst working between Soho and the King’s Rd Helen Storey boutique, I became friends with Justin Thornton. Justin was designing a line for Helen called Second life, a revamping and redesign of older pieces.

I could tell that there was something special happening, a passion and a creativity that was yet to be unleashed. It was when I met Justin’s wife and fellow creative genius Thea Bregazzi, I was certain that success was just around the corner.

Preen launched in 1996 and their debut collection at London fashion week in 2001 received rave reviews.

Throughout the two decades that I have known Justin and Thea they have remained humble, sincere and as passionate as ever. This rare combination is the driving force behind their continued success.

I hope that you find the following interview as illuminating as I do, a little insight into the creative process at work.

Thank you Preen, my friends.

Faranak.

 

1. Who are your personal style icons? (aside from Thea, of course)

We see our style icons as a mixture of our friends and people we know. The modern woman. In terms of ‘Fashion Icon’ we do always tend to bring that little bit of ‘Annie Hall’ into our work. Finding the balance between femininity and Masculinity to create something that little bit extra special.

2. You’ve talked about how your daughter has soften your design in the past, what single person or event has had the largest impact on Preen’s aesthetic?

We do feel that the girls (aged 6 and 2) have really influenced us as designers. Children’s toys have been a real influence. The strength of colour, puzzles, bold shapes, the element of graphics found in toys all of which inspires our work, especially print. Having the girls also made us more determine to launch Mini Preen.

3. What is the main difference on how the two of you approach design?

The main difference between how myself and Thea work is that Thea is more literal, she loves researching and sketching her ideas onto paper where as I have a more physical, draping, graphic approach. We both noticed that one key element that links us together is colour. We recently held a dinner in our studio celebrating the launch of our online store (preenbythorntonbregazzi.com) and the newest project we are working on called ‘The Preen Archivists.’ We had a display of our most memorable pieces over the years, and you could really see how we have become more experimental with colour.

4. If you change one thing about your career, what would it be?

Nothing. We are really happy with where we are and what we have achieved in our career.

5. what is the one item of clothing every woman should have in her wardrobe?

An effortless tailored black suit.

6. How would you define success? Do you think you’ve found it yet?

No I don’t think we have found success or we would have given up already. We are always striving to grow and seek more challenges.

7. Finally what tips would you give to anybody who is looking to get started in design?

Today there are more directions to take in order to ‘make it in fashion.’ I’ve always thought that good impressions last. You never know who will help you along the way. Also schemes such as FashionEast and NEWGEN have helped the greater public aware of young designers entering the industry today. Along with the amazing help the British Fashion Council provides.

Preen by Thornton Bregazzi

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Headquartered in London, husband-and-wife duo Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi formed Preen back in 1996. The fashion label has become synonymous with creating relationships dichotomies: interplay between masculine and feminine; a love for the vintage Victoriana but then coupled with a hard-edged sensibility. Their popularity and reputation continued to grow with their success.

In 2008 Preen moved their show to New York Fashion Week to much anticipation; this proved to be a savvy business decision as it exponentially marketed their commercial appeal on the international stage.  Spring/Summer 2008 was also when Justin and Thea launched their Preen Line, which focused on a contemporary design aesthetic, favouring a rock and roll effortless wear ability.

Preen moved back to London Fashion Week for their S/S 2013 show to warm critical reception. The design duo is constantly creating and ever expanding. Fall 2014 has seen them launch their shoe line Preen Shoes, right on the heels of their Preen EyeWear collection during the Spring/Summer of the same year.

Preen has evolved into it’s uniquely iconic style, most often described as a particular kind of deconstructed minimalism with plenty of personality and their ever present tongue-in-cheek humour. It continues to grow from what was once a tiny shop in London’s Portobello Road to a modern day enterprise that is sold to over 25 countries worldwide. It remains a favourite of many high profile figures including: Diane Kruger, Scarlett Johansson, Cate Blanchett, Carey Mulligan and Michelle Obama.

1. Nova Printed Velvet Delvoré Dress, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi – $1650
2. White Cambridge Sunglasses, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi – $265
3. Baxter Fur Trim Bomber Jacket, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi – $1550
4. Nails Inc. Limited Edition Collaboration Preen Nail Polish,
Preen by Thornton Bregazzi – Was $25.57, Now $17.04
5. Norton Embroidered Boots, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi – $763.19

 

 

The Luxe Edit

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We wanted something simple and strong to counteract the excess of the holiday celebrations inundating merry makers this time of year. We wanted the romance of twinkle lights in dreamy evenings with the sophistication of fine champagne. This dark, dramatic ensemble consists of feathers, gold accents and architectural details to make sure that you stand out from the crowd of sequins and bandage mini-dresses. These fierce shoes by British designer Chrissie Morris are whimsical enough to balance the minimalism of the Derek Lam sheath and the subtly of the Saint Laurent mini chain evening bag. Be prepared to be the most chic person at any evening party you attend in an outfit like this.

1. Derek Lam Color-block crepe and satin dress, Net-a-Porter – $2190
2. Saint Laurent Betty Mini Chain Suede Shoulder Bag, Net-a-Porter – $1450
3. Chrissie Morris Claudia Alpaca Fur Bootie, Blue Cream – Was $1560, Now $1092