6 posts tagged "Jenny Packham"
The Fall ’14 Ready-to-Wear collections are under way in New York, and will be followed by the shows in London, Milan, and Paris. Before the new clothes hit the runway, we’ve asked some of the most anticipated names to offer a sneak peek. Per usual, it’s a busy time for all—designers and fashion followers alike—so we’re continuing our split-second previews: tweet-length at 140 characters or less. Our entire collection of Fall ’14 previews is available here.
WHO: Jenny Packham
WHERE: New York
WHEN: Tuesday, February 11
WHAT: “Bianca was the darling of 1970s New York. She juxtaposed fluid looks with suits, turbans & jewelry. She styled herself with integrity & wit.”—Jenny Packham. The designer sent us snap of an embellished Fall ’14 fabric, above.
The just-wrapped Spring ’13 Bridal Market Week in New York was a much more colorful one than usual. It was Vera Wang who led the charge, finding herself in a full-on love affair with red, a color that’s actually traditional for Hindu brides. The designer sent dresses down the runway in shades from bright scarlet to deep burgundy, with not a white gown in sight. Romona Keveza also flirted with crimson, sending out a full-skirted red number with intricate flower details as her final look. Oscar de la Renta experimented with color as well, with a fire engine red Spanish-style gown complete with a towering headpiece.
But traditional brides have no cause for concern. White still holds court. White dresses were plentiful in Temperley London’s Ophelia bridal collection, from simple ethereal gowns to lavish, embellished pieces in Chantilly lace, crinkled chiffon, and light georgette. Monique Lhuillier, who has plans to open up her first store in June, showed a similar aesthetic, translating “fantasy” and “dreamlike” inspirations into elegant dresses dusted with sequins and draped with tulle. And Marchesa’s Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig offered white in their signature Hollywood glamour, with a lineup of lavish silk and organza gowns decorated with hand-embroidered beads. Jenny Packham also had ladies of the silver screen in mind, referencing 1930′s cinema sirens like Vivien Leigh and Bette Davis in her collection of free-flowing, empire-waist dresses in simple crepes and antique lace. Those elements lent heritage appeal to the gowns, which looked as if they had been delicately preserved and passed down for generations. Carolina Herrera walked the line between timeless and trendy, showing classic, intricately detailed numbers along with more modern looks featuring peplum waists and pantsuits, which also made an appearance at Oscar de la Renta, who paired his with a dare-to-bare crop top for the more fashion-forward bride.
CLICK FOR A SLIDESHOW to see which of the week’s dresses (and pants) made our “I Do” list.
As of today, planning a trip down the aisle won’t require a trip to the bridal salon—just one to your laptop. The new e-commerce site The Aisle New York, which offers discounted flash sales of bridal gowns and accessories as well as a selection of full-price, current-season product, launches today with goods from Monique Lhuillier, Amsale, Jenny Packham, Oscar de la Renta, and Ranjana Khan, with more designers plus exclusive designer collaborations on the way. Brides aren’t the only ones who’ll feel good about the site, either: A portion of the proceeds from each gown sold will go to a charity of the designer’s choosing. “Philanthropy and feel-good shopping are part of our DNA,” explains co-founder and co-president David Yassky, a former bridal market editor for Women’s Wear Daily. Think of it as a little good karma in the bank in case a few Bridezilla tendencies get the better of you along the way.
Designers have been moving forward from the skinny pant for a few seasons now. Last Fall marked the official return of the flare, and it’s been a front-row editor favorite at the shows this season. Judging from the action on the runway, those legs are only going to get wider. Yes, it’s only Monday, and there are plenty of shows still to see, but I think it’s fair to call the high-waisted, full-legged trouser the pant of the season. There they were at Derek Lam’s beautiful Spring show (pictured), at ADAM, Jenny Packham, and Jason Wu. It’s hard to pick a favorite. Whichever you pick, it promises a longer and lean silhouette. Just remember the trick: Pair it with super-high wedges for your very own pair of super-long model legs.