Jenny Packham's screen sirens at New York Fashion Week Fall 2012
If you're a fan of old Hollywood, Jenny Packham's Autumn / Winter collection will be right up your street. The designer was inspired by 1940s screen sirens with her stunning collection of gowns and cocktail dresses.
Bias cuts featured heavily but the shoulder was the real erogenous zone, with one-shoulder gowns, sharp 1940s silhouettes and delicate ruffles on red satin. This is occasionwear at it's best; the models were noir femme fatales, but enough of the clothing was soft enough to work for fans like the Kates (Middleton and Winslet) as well as clients with a sexier look, like Dita Von Teese (who sat in the front row) and Angelina Jolie.
Speaking of Angie, there were a plethora of gowns we could imagine her wearing to the Oscars later this month, but perhaps most likely were the sharp-shouldered black numbers; one in wet-look sequins with gold embellished shoulders, the other a more romantic mermaid gown with a suit-like top half.
Flashes of red, pink and baby blue punctuated the black, white, cream and gold colour scheme, and perhaps the most dramatic use of colour was in the dramatic one-sleeved gown of glittering, jewelled ruby red with panelled sections.
See the full collection in the video below - trust us, it's worth it!