London duo Thea Bregazzi and Justin Thornton of Preen described their vision for a/w09 as Blade Runner meets Quadrophenia. Their collection (pictured) of signature micro mini, figure hugging dresses was confirmation of what Preen does best, updated for autumn with cobweb panels, shimmering sequins and a harder, punk-meets-sci fi aesthetic. On the front row, Arcadia boss Philip Green turned out to support the British brand who also design capsule collections for Topshop.
Our collection of the day went to another British designer Jonathan Saunders. Before his show he said that the new economic situation had certainly influenced his latest collection. It made him focus on and fine tune what he does best, and made him want to make women feel glamorous again. And that he did. His signature brights and futuristic prints found their way onto razor sharp silhouettes as Saunders' models appeared almost warrior like, their footsteps purposefully slow and considered in custom made, perilously high Louboutin shoes and tight bandage headdresses courtesy of hair stylist Guido. There was colour, texture in the metallic fabrics and sequins, extreme shapes in the futuristic sharp shouldered jackets, puff sleeves and cut away necklines - all key details emerging for the new season. And Topshop's Mr Green - again front and centre at Saunders' show.
Victoria Beckham was also out and about in New York this weekend. She kicked off the day with her collection presentation at the Waldorf Towers Hotel and her eponymous line looks set to go from strength to strength. For autumn 09 Victoria has bucked the current fashion trend by not straying from her signature style and wisely expanding on last season's successes, creating more of her sell out, timeless knee length shift dresses. For 2009 she has added just a few new pie More