There is a lovely 49-year-old British fashion designer, who is rocking the runway at the moment and she’s not who you expect her to be. Jenny Packham is known for her bridal gowns mostly, but also for her ready-to-wear collections that she so diligently works on, presenting the Jenny Packham fall/winter 2015-2016 collection on of the last days of the New York Fashion Week events.
The Jenny Peckham woman is cool, sophisticated and chic. She channelled Marilyn Monroe in the spring and now has turned to darker inspirations, bringing in the Spanish painters of olden days with their loose brushstrokes, dramatic themes and the deeply saturated colors that seemed to be the main common themes present. Women should be given the opportunity to enjoy dressing up.
Taking the lace and the velvets from the paintings in the Spanish museums, Jenny Packham’s made quite a stir in the fashion world, pulling in glitter ornamentation of different sizes to really bring the sparkle into the pieces presented for the fall and winter collection. Leaning heavily on Art Deco, she gave it all a modern touch, softening the edges and bringing out the beauty of the feminine silhouette. The show opened with an intriguing blue paillette encrusted coat with a velvet tie belt pulled into a ribbon, worn over shiny cropped pants with flared bottoms and sexy black pumps to finish it off. The look set the tone for the whole of the collection, the hair dishevelled in boho waves and the makeup kept minimal, almost casual, while highlighting the best features on the visage.
The blue and purplish hues moved into earth colors, only to sink into darkness once again before the twinkling lights of bright whites gave way to new hope. It is interesting to note that the paillettes that began the collection also appear throughout the line and fill up the final piece as well, showing off a gorgeous silhouette encased in a lightweight silky fabric dotted with silver flecks, with the silver paillettes coat thrown over for added warmth, protection from the chill of the frostier seasons.
Packham loves the red carpet and the red carpet celebrities love her designs. This has meant that she has dressed many who have walked that path, including Charlize Theron, Tailor Swift, Angelina Jolie, Nina Dobrev, Vanessa Hudgens, Jennifer Lopez, Kate Hudson, Dita Von Teese, as well as Oprah Winfrey, and has also managed to make her way up to royalty, creating special pieces for the Duchess of Cambridge. She’s even designed items for the latest in James Bond Movies over the past few years. It is no wonder that she appeared as a guest judge on Project Runway: All Stars.
With all the fame that Packham has accrued over the years, we have come to expect her designs to be showcased on the Fashion Weeks around the world; it certainly is interesting to see a British fashion designer on the New York Fashion Week runway though, since the London Fashion Week for ready-to-wear pieces begins this Friday. Not that we’re complaining about seeing English stars in the fashion community shining bright earlier than all the rest! On the contrary, we are enjoying the feast laid open before us and imagining ourselves in one of these evening numbers, particularly the black crop top and full-length draped glittering skirt set with the black glittering paillettes jacket thrown over to complete the look with gusto.
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