June 10, 2014 New York
Packham upped the sex appeal by using jewel-studded illusion tulle on a few of the necklines. For instance, a fitted magenta number in stretch crepe looked demure on the rack but offered plenty of clingy oomph when worn. An almost-minidress, beaded in an allover star pattern, had waistband side details that accentuated the natural figure.
The 1940s East-meets-West influence was quite subtle. Slight kimono sleeves appeared throughout, including on a white chiffon gown beaded with tiny pink-and-blue bugles. The embellishment on a flutter-sleeve V-neck dress had an Imperial feel. But when it came down to it, the references meant very little to the end result. Resort, for many designers, is about offering crowd-pleasing favorites that are almost guaranteed to be best sellers. On that front, Packham did well for herself.