There was a definite sense of change and evolution in everything about Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi's Spring 2013 show for Preen. For starters, the duo arranged a runway in the Darwin Centre of London's Natural History Museum on Sunday, their first British show after five years of presenting in New York. (Bregazzi is expecting her second child with Thornton in the coming weeks, and wanted to move back home before her delivery.) If those elements weren't enough of a tip-off, the line itself was filled with reptilian materials — both real and printed on chiffon and georgette — that were often sewn together in Preen's signature patchwork style. A sheer crocodile-print shirt in white and navy was paired with a stingray-print skirt in the same color palette as the show's opening look. Subsequent ensembles folded in python, armadillo, and the season's requisite stripes. One sleeveless printed dress with a handkerchief hem combined all the scaly animals at once.
Thanks to the sheer, soft fabric choices, the animalistic pieces had a touch of femininity that helped them play well with the girlie rose-prints and solid tailoring that brought the evolution full circle toward the end of the show.