In the spirit of Throwing all the leftovers in a pot and making a satisfying stew out of the elements, Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi did just that, adding some of this and a bit of that, for Fall 2015 and it led to a disjointed serving of their fashion that was lacking a General sense of Cohesion and seemed scattered in multiple directions. It wasn't a best for the duo by any standard!
Entitling the collection "Dark Romance" seemed to give the duo License to Schlock up everything their hands touched, Weaving in mixed prints, multi plaids, 3-D Floral embroideries, corsetry lacing, Chiffons with Woolens and Tweeds, cropped tops and heavy coats, Asymmetric frills, lace, racing stripes, ballooning Watteau backs... It was a Little of Everything and a Whole Lot of Nothing! The Boho/70's vibe that's been pumping along strong and sure for the season was evident here and done in some nice, Crafty, Artsy ways, but could not save the collection from drowning under it's own Largesse.
Thornton and Bregazzi didn't even try to approach Simple and the few times they did were when the clothes looked the best, A Black laced front cropped top and Black Pants with side racing stripes was evidence of this, as was a Beautiful Tone-on-Tone Embroidered Ivory Blouse decorated with Three-Dimensional Flowers and paired with flattering Black Trousers! These were not the ONLY winners, but were sadly among the bare few! Thornton and Bregazzi have a Unique and Eclectic Sensibility that they let themselves get carried away with most times and it undermines the Positively Lovely work that they can turn out, one just senses that a Refresh and a Step Back is needed to re-plot the course to a Satisfying Whole of a collection rather than Here and There individual outfits!