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From our blog-tastic US team at Shiny Style:

Preen's design duo was minus one very important person over the weekend. Thea Bregazzi was forced to remain in London, expecting the arrival of her first child, leaving husband and design partner, Justin Thornton to oversee their New York show alone. Little de-constructed mini dresses were the theme of the day, panelled with sheer mesh to show of that extra bit of skin, and laced together like corsetry in cut-out sections.

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Slouchy jackets were still high on Preen's agenda, but this time instead of grungy check, it was shiny denim. Lace-up trousers were also worth noting, it seems that skin is still in for spring/summer 2009. There was also a bit of dabbling in a softer chiffon, which featured in ruffled dresses and skirts. While I loved this element, it failed to blend with the rest of the collection. I do love their new mini dresses however, which will be a welcomed sight from bandage dresses next year.

[Images: courtesy of Astrid Stawiarz/Coutorture]