A-list celebrities love to wear Jenny Packham, with her glamour-charged designs and incredible taste in fashion. The Jenny Packham spring/summer 2017 collection presented at the New York Fashion Week was by no means any less glamorous as we saw a glorious edginess appear in an almost 1970s rockstar kind of way.
Long dresses in black and gold and bronzes appeared on the catwalk, with exquisite beading and perfect silhouettes. And then we saw the gender-blurring looks of the pinstripe flairs and double button blazers. It was as badass as one may want it and as graceful as the red carpet needs it.
We saw through some of the 31 different designs and wondered at the masculinity of other solids that had just the right amount of structure. To say that the collection was well received would be an understatement.
There were 31 looks to strut down that runway, and each was inspired by one distinctly stylish woman. We saw Frida Kahlo’s inspiration rather quickly, and easily could relate this whole collection to a plucking from the Peggy Guggenheim collection of 1943, aptly named “Exhibition by 31 Women.”
There was a Florence Welch look among the set, as well as sunset colored silk patchwork reminiscent of Iman, a black-and-white chiffon halter that was all Elizabeth Taylor, and some incredible red carpet star inspirations from modern Hollywood, including Julianne Moore, Rachel Weisz, and Jennifer Lawrence. Who does not love a Brigitte Bardot or Courtney Love inspiration these days?
It was the art of capturing strong female personalities here, with each piece quite different from the rest. It worked feminism into the collection seamlessly, and it has been recommended that the names of the women the dresses were inspired by or for be sewn into the dresses themselves, easily being identified by the consumers.
The pieces themselves came in some very bold coloring, from a short bright red dress with dramatically draping sleeves to a white sheathe that was ornamented with gorgeous pink and orange flowers of all shapes and sizes. Gorgeous sunglasses were also worn throughout, apparently making it quite normal to sport the dark lenses even when the sun has long set.
There is a rockstar in every woman and she should definitely be reveling in it. High necks or off-the-shoulder, long trains or really short jumpers, psychedelic color combinations or simpler bright designs; this collection sported it all and then some.
We were rather intrigued with the fact that transparency is still in style and to quite an extent, showing off limbs and curves while also hiding the body just enough to be totally alluring. As for the dipping V necklines, we are so happy they are still around! Just sexy enough to hint at the curve of the bosom underneath, they elongate and slenderize with ease.
Jenny Packham’s spring 2017 designs are sure to be gracing the red carpet in the coming spring and we look forward to pointing them out from the star-studded crowds.
Photos courtesy of Vogue