This season Jenny Packham decided to skip the glamorous runway shows and presented her newest collection in an intimate atmosphere. The British designer revealed a 25-piece collection that features mesmerizing evening dresses. Packham is not a big fan of simple designs, so each time she releases a new collection, the pieces are breathtaking. All of the pieces in the collection stand for femininity.
“We find if we try to do simple party dresses, there’s so much of that happening, so we want to go quite full-on,”- Jenny explained.
For Spring 2018 collection Jenny got inspired by the Asian culture. During her last visit to New York, The designer accidentally bought a tunic with intricate embroidery. That same piece of clothing was the initial design that inspired the whole Spring 2018 collection Since then, Packham got obsessed with the beauty of the Asian gardens. She started studying Asian artists, their work and transformed those thoughts into party dresses. Every gown in the collection carries a special story.
Floor-length gowns once again dominated in Packham’s collection. One of the standout dresses in the Spring 2018 collection is the ombre sequined dress made in the shades of blue and green. The inspiration for this design came from a painting by Lee Ufan that depicts falling water. Ufan is a talented Korean artist, currently based in Japan. Ufan’s minimalistic art was the inspiration behind one more creation. The strapless voluminous blue and white patterned gown borrowed the motifs from his artwork. There are also several cocktail dresses, which would be a great red carpet material.
Packham felt overwhelmed by all of the pressure that a fashion show brings.That is the main reason why she decided to pass on a classic runway show this year. The designer is famous for her evening gowns that are rich in embroideries, embellishments, and details. They are made of fabrics that need proper light for a full effect. Jenny was frustrated because the runway pictures don’t capture her designs in the right way. That is why she went for a photo shoot as a presentation and also scheduled several appointments.
Jenny’s list of clients is quite impressive, with many huge celebrities that turn to her for red carpet events. The Duchess of Cambridge is among her most respectable clients, followed by A-listers such as Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Aniston, Emma Watson and much more.
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Get ready to dive into one of the spring 2018 bridal season’s most eccentric collections, Jenny Packham’s! The newest Jenny Packham bridal spring 2018 collection gives, in fact, wedding fashion a new name, with its sources of inspiration coming from both Jenny Packham’s very own icons, and from Falling protagonist, Clara the Swallow.
Written by novelist Colin Thubron, Falling tells the story of a very peculiar trapeze artist, i.e. Clara the Swallow, who journalist Mark Swabey falls in love with (I cannot tell you more about the book, otherwise I would spoil too many details about its plot!). The circus is, for this reason, one of the book’s most recurring settings, with its colors, motifs, inspirations and references having been transposed to Jenny Packham’s bridal spring 2018 proposals and runway show.
It was an imposingly appealing show, both because of its starry decorations on the walls, and because each detail embraced some of Falling’s most recurring leitmotifs, with the one encouraging us to take risks in love being the most visible especially through the runway and collection’s red-toned accents.
Love and fun, all wrapped around their otherworldly vibes, are the core of this latest bridal collection, with the designer being extremely prone to favoring the latter over a more conventionally traditional kind of fashion. Like many other designers, such as Christian Siriano and Monique Lhuillier, Jenny Packham places the bride-to-be needs at the center of her collection, treating them to a 32-piece, dream array of completely different styles one cannot get bored with for sure.
“Our brides have always been a little bit alternative,” Packham said backstage, explaining also that she opted for tons of separates specifically made for “girls who want to create their own outfits.”
And whether Jenny Packham’s brides will opt for separates or classic gowns, the great amount of eccentric versatility the designer provided will surely satisfy many tastes. First and foremost, the newest Jenny Packham bridal spring 2018 collection satisfies the needs of those who are looking for the most exaggeratedly extravagant wedding proposals, thus including in the array a circus-inspired short dress in fiery red, as well as long, slightly Roaring Twenties-inspired shimmery dresses (available both in red and silver).
Secondly, the line-up will particularly intrigue those who are always looking for sensual proposals adorned with intricate Chantilly embroideries, the patterns of which are aplenty here, too.
Last but not least, those who prefer more diva-like gowns could always count on Jenny Packham’s red carpet-approved wedding proposals, which this time around were inspired by some of the designer’s biggest fashion icons, namely Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (who wore an exquisitely embroidered Valentino wedding gown on her wedding day), and Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy.
Whatever one may opt for, the most important thing is, as Jenny Packham put it, to be a “bit daring in bridal and take a few risks.”
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Jenny Packham has just embraced her British legacy to the fullest thanks to her latest Jenny Pachham fall/winter 2017-18 ready-to-wear collection, which will surely make those who were waiting for Packham’s fresher take on fashion, rejoice indeed.
Jenny Packham, to whom many celebrities and royalties head whenever they are looking for a red carpet-ready ensemble, is mainly renowned for her dazzlingly feminine glamour and breathtaking bridal collections, which all often remind us of staples that we could see in TV-series such as The Crown. This time around, for her fall/winter 2017-18 collection, the designer opted for more youthful and wearable (yet always covetable) garments, which overall exude all things British.
With the UK being her main source of inspiration, and the UK culture being extremely variegated and multifaceted, before starting creating her fall 2017 pieces Packham had to travel backwards in time, asking herself “what does it mean to be British?”
The results led Packham to dub her 36-piece line-up as “The Heritage Collection”, the items of which were ultimately inspired by “the idiosyncrasies and clichés that define the British identity,” as stated in an official press release.
The Jenny Packham fall/winter 2017-18 rtw collection featured everything from references from the British punk rock movement, to signature British tartan plaids and even “royal” prints made in collaboration with British artist Magda Archer.
Through Magda Archer’s creativity and talented hand, Packham payed homage to the British Royal Family filtering its imaginary through a modern lens, which resulted in Archer depicting a young Queen Elisabeth with bold colors and lime writing, in pearl motif t-shirts dubbed “Pearly Queen”.
When it comes to the punk rock movement, Packham included ultra edgy biker jackets to the collection, as well as mesh embroideries that also denote Packham’s desire for a mix-and-matched collection. For her fall/winter 2017-18 season, Packham clearly had fun playing with contrasts and combining all her different British references and inspirations all together, whether it was with the fabrics or the patterns.
Some of her most stunning evening dresses got, for example, revisited through stunning, shiny black fabrics that greatly reminded us of the Eighties, while some of her mod-inspired tartan skirts were either paired with biker jackets, or revamped with the aforementioned mesh fabrics worn upon bon ton shirts.
Jenny Packham’s plays of contrasts were also visible throughout her color palette of choice, which not only included vibrant oranges (which already seem to be one of next fall’s must-have colors), dreamy light blues and fiery reds, but also interesting color-blocking patterns, the accents of which were brightly highlighted by the silvery refinements of some of the pieces.
All of the figures, hues and patterns played an important role in working to enhance the collection, a choice we could figuratively describe as a way for Packham to imply that each British movement, legacy and cultural reference is equally important to (and wouldn’t be so if it wasn’t for) others – a philosophy we should transpose to a broader, international perspective, too.
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The Jenny Packham pre-fall 2017 collection features a variety of gemstone themed hues that was reportedly inspired by debutantes’ heirloom jewelry. The collection has already had stylists request a few looks for upcoming events, so the collection was not even seen in its entirety.
The inspiration for the collection is not at all surprising considering all the gown designs are incredibly impressive and beautiful. The variety of these colors is so incredible and ranges from rich deep gem-like hues to light crystalline and opalescent colors as well.
The perfect silhouettes for each material and the incredible draping, pleats, cut outs and slits are paired beautifully with layers and embellishments to create intricate and awe-inspiring designs. Every look is chic and upscale, perfect for any evening event – after-five occasions or special events. There is a dress for every style, a color for every comfort level and a design for every body type.
The collection managed to be interesting and sexy without being over the top risqué. The see-through material is carefully and beautifully placed, embellished for coverage and design in order to create the ideal appearance for each dress. The variety of length options and the movement of the material can help each look be perfect for whatever event you need to be dressed for.
The Jenny Packham pre-fall 2017 collection is rumored to be inspired by the time period around 1958 when debutante balls in the United Kingdom were banned as a tradition that sort of led to a great many of these looks. With the progression of the collection, the gowns did not get more and more detailed, but rather they showed that they were more varied and broadly designed to appeal to more people.
The range of styles goes from floating princess-style tulle to including the use of ultra soft and luxe faux fur, spangles, and suggestive embroidery that enhances the shape as well. The use of these different design elements is so thoroughly and creatively implemented that the styles of gown range from delicate to bombshell and edgy.
The Jenny Packham customer is clearly well dressed and tasteful, and it is no surprise that many of the looks worn on the red carpets have been from collections that did not even overlap! For example, Gillian Anderson, Kristen Bell and the currently very popular Millie Bobby Brown, one of the young stars of the Netflix Original Series Stranger Things have all worn stunning Jenny Packham gowns on the Golden Globes red carpet.
So many different options and delightfully beautiful designs are chosen for red carpets throughout the year that multiple options being Jenny Peckham gowns means that choosing one yourself puts you in excellent, stylish company.
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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.
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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.
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When it comes to New York Fashion Week we stand assured of seeing a generous amount of Hollywood-style gowns and frocks that are arrogantly spreading glamour and glitz all around. The British fashion designer, Jenny Packham is one of those initiators, who year by year comes to prove herself as one who is absolutely alien to casual style and casual manners, persistently adhering to her Kate-Middleton-esque style. It is not only Kate Middleton, who has been spotted wearing a Jenny Packham shift dress covered with yellow flowers or a pale blue one with white polka dots while leaving the hospital. Angelina Jolie, Kate Hudson, Uma Thurman, Miley Cyrus and many other celebrities have found something very familiar and unique about Jenny Packham’s designs. The designer’s eponymous fashion house, famous not only for designing evening dresses but also bridal apparel, has recently presented the charming Jenny Packham spring/summer 2016 collection, which was not expected to deliver something new and experimental.
However, Jenny Packham was partially innovative this time focusing on feminine and masculine monolithic energy that allows blurring all boundaries between the two sexes. She brings forward a very provocative frame of reference that the most attractive men have something feminine about them, while the most attractive women have something masculine about their character. She was mainly inspired by some feminine touches that her favorite musicians Mick Jagger, Nick Cave and David Bowie were emanating out. This very concept has been put in action to give birth to her spring/summer 2016 somehow androgynous collection.
Stating that the collection was all about Ying & Yan would be wide of the truth, as the runway was logically constructed in a way as to present a couple of androgynous options between ultra-feminine gowns. Actually, this concept proved to be quite effective and emphatic. The show, of course, opened with a masculine ensemble consisting of silk blazer and lean pants with palpable feminine elements like crimson wildflowers and leaves all interspersed here and there. Another masculine outfit that the onlookers were confused to see was the all-black chiffon shirt with sensually sheer sleeves all unbuttoned, paired with loose fitting trousers. Notable was also the floral printed blazer paired with cozy skimming trousers or chiffon pants topped with chiffon shirts all covered with flowers.
Between these bewildering pieces we could see Pickham’s signature glittering gowns embellished with studs or henna crystals that were mimicking multiple stars glistering in the night sky. Floral prints, appliqués or embroidery continued to find their place on massive ball gowns that seem to come right from a royal family. Sticking to the floral theme is somewhat trendy and popular this year around, so from this standpoint Packham is no way innovative but what makes her flowers different from others is their looking utmost natural on the models’ bodies, sometimes even turning them into real flower girls when there is tulle around. The embodiment of naturalism was definitely a mid-calf gunmetal georgette dress with cap sleeves and V-neckline that has been spotted by many fashion bloggers and fashion addicts as one of the most impressive staples in the collection. The palette of the collection was not only close to nature but also royal, among them being crimson red, lavender, rose pink, silver, grey and different shades of green like emerald and lime.
As for the models’ hairstyles and makeup solutions, we again didn’t fail in our predictions, witnessing ultra-natural wavy hair and pale makeup sometimes becoming bright by crimson red lips.
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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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