For the fall/winter 2021 collection, Preen was inspired by the 1975 film Grey Gardens, and “Little” Edie Beale, American model and cabaret performer, as well as style icon and direct cousin of Jacqueline Onassis. Grey Garden has been her home for some time, a scenario of her eccentric lifestyle with which she has kept the American press fascinated for a long time. Cottage life has recently become a symbol of escape from the city, a consequence triggered by the advent of the pandemic.
That’s why Preen’s inspiration is pretty current, given the circumstances. In the promotional video of the collection, the models lead a simple life, away from the spotlight, wearing comfortable clothes, reminiscent of a bohemian style of the 70s that has never been so actual as in this period.
It is clear that the effect of quarantine and the exploration of a new type of solitude had a preponderant effect on the final result. We have comfortable coats and cardigans, made of wool with a cocoon effect, soft silhouettes. The floral theme returns on foulards and scarves.
Unhinged, the title of the collection, recalls what we all felt in quarantine, the feeling of having been upset and transported into a situation that we did not anticipate. Preen proposes an escape, which, in some ways, does not make us fly, on the contrary. The theme of sustainability anchors the collection to reality; indeed, for its realization were used waste materials or archive sources.
Cover Photo: Ina Lekiewicz / Courtesy of Preen by Thornton Bregazzi