Tuesday, April 21st 2015
While a runway is the most perfect showcase to observe the movement, texture and the shimmering glide of an entirely sequinned gown or ethereal billow of featherweight silks…it's not until you experience an intimate viewing of a collection up close that the mind-blowing intricacy of a Jenny Packham dress is revealed. The style of embellishment she made famous (and is highly imitated by others), the iconic sequin motifs and Deco style beading…they all require a longer, completely unhurried look to properly appreciate the kind of work involved in each gown. This year, where detail was concerned, the 2016 collection did not disappoint.
We arrived for this year's show at a beautiful industrial warehouse space in the Meatpacking District - an all white, exposed bricked blank canvas which was the perfect contrast for embellished gowns. Running late from the previous show, we luckily caught the last part of the backstage preparations just in time (almost missing the actual show, we couldn't stop shooting the exquisite details!) where we unearthed botanical clusters of crystals, the hand application of a thousand cascading pearls and sequins along with several new techniques, like the unexpectedly raw cut silk arranged into hundreds of vertical body skimming layers, an entirely new fabric created.
Models backstage were made-up in the most dewy, serenely beautiful version of 'natural' you can imagine and loitered in relaxed fashion, styled with bouquets of effortlessly clustered, just-plucked-from-the-garden style roses and jasmine. Add to the mix Titania'esq corsages, loosely worn hair waved through mid sections and single blooms framing faces, the congregation of models waiting in the wings...
See our full review & personal pictures from Jenny Packham 2016 Bridal on the Style Guide.
Photography: Karissa Fanning / The LANE