Jenny Packham’s runway was achingly beautiful with mostly evening gowns and cocktail dresses that simultaneously managed to be delicate and strong. These, said the designer, were inspired by 17th-century Paris Salons that served as virtual women’s clubs, where “strong-minded women met to discuss arts and culture.”
Packham, a British designer, who has dressed a bunch of strong-minded women such as Angelina Jolie, Kate Hudson, and most famously the other Kate (as in Middleton) bucked the black trend (very little on this runway, and what there was…gorgeous) and went for washed-out shades of cinnamon and peach, jewel tones such as teal and midnight blue and most surprisingly a tomato red …dreamy.
On the subtle side, Packham played a game of hide ‘n’ sequin, applying chiffon overlays on top of sequined gowns or bodices, dimming the sparkle just a little. Sometimes she was more overt, as in the case of a column covered in sparkly square tiles or a body-conscious, glittery cabled sweater dress.
If we had to choose one single from the collection item it was the cashmere coat. It came in three colors, gray, black and peach, and featured an artful an artful drizzle of crystal, tiny beads and pearls around the top portion. Even glamorous women get cold sometimes, too.