• The
    go-to designer:

    Preen

    Who? Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi founded Preen 17 years ago in London, and after five years showing in New York, returned home for SS13.

    Why now? The collection takes the sharpness of US fashion and fuses it with British creativity.

    The hot pieces: The bias-cut stingray-print dresses are perfect for day to night.

    The designers’ take: “Who doesn’t look to London now?” says Thornton. “It’s just so exciting.”

    ESSENTIAL PICKS

    SHAPESHIFTERS

    Block color breathes freshness into ladylike shapes

    THE DESTINATION:

    A NEW BALTHAZAR

    In New York, Balthazar has long been a magnet for the city’s most glamorous residents. Now, Londoners can get their fashionable food fix, too, as Keith McNally’s French-style brasserie opens in Covent Garden this week. Expect chic crowds to flock here for power breakfasts and cozy suppers. balthazarlondon.com

    credits

    Words by Jess Jonzen and Kay Barron. Photograph: Getty Images

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