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Autumn 11

The look One of the most interesting collections on the New York runways in terms of surface texture and production techniques, Preen paid homage to the Arts and Crafts movement’s rustic-style approach through the use of patchwork and embroidery.

Key pieces A cubist intarsia knit worked well with long silk skirts printed with geometric shapes, and was then contrasted with art deco embroidery and bead work on light silk tops. Skirts in block colours had peplum waists and considerable splits up the leg. Bouclé sections covered elbows like muffs, while a 1920s-inspired screen print on silver satin shone out.

Commercial appeal This show threw up broader themes - angular prints and art deco - that have translated onto dresses in the branded womenswear market for autumn 11 and are set to translate to the high street to.

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