For Preen’s Fall 2012 collection, it is all about reconciling the old with the new. Dually inspired by Victorian-era scrapbooks and abstract expressionism, designers Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi presented a line that flawlessly interplayed loud, color-blocked hues, romantic florals, collage-like graphic prints, and delicate lace with sequin accents. A collection with so many different elements at play could have easily come off as messy and disjointed, but we must say, it is anything but. Preen’s latest collection is instead playful and effortless, ensuring the intended themes are present throughout and remaining consistent in the overarching palette and structure. Perhaps what makes the collection most successful is the ability of the designers to put forth fresh, new prints and innovative designs in traditional styles like pencil skirts, straight coats, blazers, and turtleneck sweaters. Preen is a label that, time and time again, does not settle for merely following trends, but rather, setting them.