Jenny Packham’s eveningwear collection was full of opulence and romance. Then again, what would you expect from one of the favorite designers to celebrities and the Duchess, Kate Middleton? Inspired by seventeenth-century Paris salons—”where strong-minded women met to discuss arts and culture”, Jenny Packham created a collection that showcased a line of relaxed gowns and new to her collection – separates.
What makes Jenny Packham notable is she has earned the reputation for simply stunning couture evening-wear, as well as gaining a following in her bridal collections. The reason why could be that her collections are wearable and exude modest sensuality. Some have asked Jenny Packham when she would create day clothes – you know traditional mass-market suits, pants and tops. Her reply was “We’ve found the more the niche you are, the better off you are” and she has cornered the market on British Glam. Nothing stuffy or stiff about this collection.
Highlighted yet not on full display were the Jenny Packham accessories collection of necklaces, bracelets, earrings and brooches with sculptural cut crystals, layered bracelets. Filled with strong angles and shining rose gold metal; angular alabaster mint and white cut stones added to a sculptural modern feel. These bold and three dimensional accessories were inspired from the influential women that gathered in the great intellectual salons of the 17th century where away from the stifling protocols of the court, these women alone set the rules. Brides have been wearing some of these pieces for years and now, the mass-market has had their first really good look at them.
If you are looking to start your ‘statement’ collection’, start here. If you’re looking for a beautiful dress coat that will take you from season to season, start here. If you are looking for something that will take their breath away, look no farther than Jenny Packham, the “Queen of Bling”.
Colors for 2013 Collection: White, ivory, bisque, opal, metallic blush salmon, peach, burnt orange, cinnamon, scarlet red, gold, steal blue, midnight blue, grey and black.
Fabrics for 2013 Collection: Silk, silk charmeuse, chiffon, tulle, knit, wool, metallic beading and crystals – lots of crystals