Jenny Packham didn’t follow the pack and make a larger than life spectacle for her fall 2016 ready-to-wear presentation at New York Fashion Week. Instead, we were presented with a traditional runway experience full of dresses for any woman to enjoy an evening outing. The clothes in the line were inspired by the photography of Ross Whitaker, namely his ’80s party photos of Paris, and added to the energy Packham based her line off of.
With the addition of ’80s glam came a lot of sparkle and shine, with hemlines of all lengths, some cutting it a bit close at the top and some grazing the floor, with others falling in between. But the patterns and colors were the most striking features presented, and made up for the lack of enthusiasm coming from the presentation itself, which became notable due to the fact that many other designers were trying to find ways to set their runways apart from others this season. In choosing to stick to her guns with the fashion standard for runway showings, she was actually able to stand out from the others.
Packham opted to veer away from the jewel tones she is known for, and instead offered a variety of clashing colors to accompany the busy ’80s line. Although this was a throwback line to the era past, the clothes presented carried a youthful vibe. Even looks that seemed mature past the years of youth managed to seem geared toward that generation, which might seem contradictory in and of itself, until you take the time to look at garments like the flowing floor length yellow gown with a bow-detailed halter neckline. This dress’s level of maturity becomes dependent on the styling, as on the runway it looked great with the youthful, simple styling, but with some tweaking it could also be perfect for an older audience.
Some of the floor-length gowns were cheapened by mesh inserts, so that didn’t contribute well to the rest of the Jenny Packham fall 2016 collection, which was rich in other interesting and stunning numbers. Apart from those few mesh dresses, gowns in this line were fresh and ready for a night out. She also made it particularly easy for her customers to wear these looks all night long, by showing just how easy it would be to pull them off with a simple pair of flats.
The hardest part of an evening out can be the pain of wearing shoes that look great with your outfit but kill your feet, so this line offers the best of both worlds, in that regard. So whether customers are looking for a new floor-sweeping gown for their next evening event or for a flirty mini dress to wear out on the town, Packham has been able to keep the modern woman and her needs in mind.
Photos courtesy of Vogue