Last night, designers Thea Bregazzi and Justin Thornton (better known as Preen) and shoe/accessory company ALDO joined forces with ELLE Magazine to present this year’s collection called ALDO RISE, which was held at the ALDO 5th Avenue shop. The celebration was filled with sweet treats, bubbly, music provided by DJ Hysta Prynn and lots of fancy footwear.
For Preen, the inspiration came from director David Jarman’s 1978 new wave cult film, Jubilee, in which Queen Elizabeth I is transported to a punky post-apocalyptic London, where the girls wear pearls with their guns. David’s punk masterpiece has transitioned on the runway with zip and chain details, pixilated leopard prints, biker aesthetic references and a palette of rich colors.
Working directly with Preen, ALDO has delivered 3 key styles. Offered in celestial blue, fiery red and biker black, these 3 silhouettes boasts chic island platforms, stiletto heels and pointed toes. What really sets the collection off is the textures in leather, suede and pony hair. Very tough, sexy and chic!
They were teenagers on the Isle of Man, an island in the Irish Sea they both call home, but it was until they moved to London when they have forged a working partnership.
They quickly garnered admiration for their ability to recycle antique fabrics and notions into pieces that felt urbanely modern. In 2007, they took the runways of NY and soon upped the ante from two annual collections to four. Over the years, their aesthetic has evolved in a direction that is decidedly progressive and quietly luxurious, but they have never forgotten their roots.