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Runway Report: Preen Spring 2010

Preen's Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi presented a collection of breezy, textured dresses and separates for the Preen spring 2010 collection, offering fans an update on fall's wildly successful asymmetrical body con dress.

This season the duo focused on designing with lighter fabrics and gently turning up the romance. Matted panels of ruffles (seen on shoulders as delicate epaulettes or exaggerating the hip) were strong statements, as were iridescent fabrics and lace — the former layered under the latter for a sequin effect.

Serpentine ropes also made an impact, draping around the body to connect contrasting panels and creating graphic necklines in bubble gum pink, gray and black.

To further illustrate spring's ligther tone, Thornton and Bregazzi introduced diaphanous looks with a selection of light-as-air dresses and tops in black, white, and yellow — most striking in the aforementioned pink, and in an elegant black A-line dress with three shoulder straps.

Although being a favorite of the fashion press doesn't always translate into financial success, the sold out status of Preen's fall merchandise is a pretty good indication that Thorton and Bregazzi just might have the best of both worlds.

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