Jenny Packham -New York Fashion Week Fall 2012

Jenny Packham, Kate Middleton’s go-to designer, surprised viewers this season with a bold, edgy collection inspired by 40’s film stars. Far from her usual collections of ethereal, ladylike bridal wear and dresses, the designer featured stunning ensembles with sharp shoulders and lots of embellishments.


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The show opened with a cloud of smoke as models strutted down the runway, sporting coiffed hairstyles and blood-red lips. Packham said her inspiration for the collection was the time of film noir, a period known for “dark mood lighting and even darker morals.” Her looks suggested just that.


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The collection, perfect for the modern, burlesque-loving girl, featured daring looks such as a black silk jumpsuit and a dramatic gown in an all-over black and white floral.  The dresses were all about the shoulders.  They were either capped-sleeved, one-shouldered, or dripping in studs and beading.  The looks were prim, yet tough, with a dramatic black and white palette with pops of red and sky blue.


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The noteworthy looks were a sequence of gorgeous, Oscar-worthy gowns with plunging necklines and dazzling embellishments. Packham revisited her talent for making beautiful gowns, however, this time with more drama and sex appeal.


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Although this vampy look may not be appropriate for the college student, we can take some styling tips from Jenny Packham. Add a touch of Old Hollywood glamor to your everyday life by working heavy embellishments and retro silhouettes into your wardrobe.

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