When I saw this Jenny Packham dress going down the runway at her spring 2014 show during New York fashion week, I immediately thought of the beautiful bias cuts of the 20’s and 30’s.
I remember when I first discovered the beauty of a bias cut dress on the body. I guess I was about 15? I wanted to know everything about this gorgeous cut and it led me back to the designer Vionnet from the 20’s. When I found her work, I realized I had seen it before and always related to her styling. It was all about the the way her dresses draped so perfectly.
So back to the Jenny Packham dress. She has such a way with dresses and each season there is always a piece that I’m enamored with. Currently it’s this one, though I really liked several styles from this collection. The shade of Navy is perfect, and so underused for evening. Seriously guys, aren’t you ready for something other than black? I am!
The cut is so simple yet so intricate at the same time. Jenny always uses the absolute lightest of light weight silk chiffons, they could float like billowy, sheer little puffs of air they are so delicate.
This collection felt like a departure from the usual and obviously beautiful Jenny Packham dress. Known for draping and beading, her gowns are a go to for events, but this collection felt edgier and more vibrant while carrying elements of her signature style.
The color palette was fresh for evening, I loved the vintagey feeling muted chartreuse like this dress.
and this stripe!
The mix of Edwardian inspiration with a 70’s disco vibe and a hint of 30’s made for fun silhouettes that surprised me. It was very different from the Fall 2013 collection and, I hope to see more of the direction that Jenny Packham took with her Spring 2014 collection.