New York Fashion Week S/S 2013: Jenny Packham's sequinned sheaths
After a more moody, gothic show for Autumn / Winter, Jenny Packham has lightened up for the Spring / Summer 2013, with a palette of pale silver, yellow, peach, dove grey and a smattering of one of the trends for the season - black and white.
When it was great, it was brilliant, with Packham's tried-and-tested formula of simple shapes and strong, sparkly embellishment never far from sight. There were plenty of draped, pretty pastel coloured dresses that devoted fan the Duchess of Cambridge will probably snap up, and a slightly sexier full-length version with a plunging draped neckline and side split in yellow that will no doubt make it onto the red carpet soon. As usual, Packham excelled when it came to the amazing evening gowns with bold jewels, short sleeves and sexy slits, and a killer finale dress with a silver chainmail cape back.
But this season the bling was taken to the extreme, and ended up looking a bit overdone at times - particularly on a few of the short 60s shifts that were less Megan in Mad Men, more extra in Austin Powers. Some models struggled to make it down the catwalk in the super-slim, heavy beaded and bejewelled column dresses teamed with super-high Louboutin shoes - the silhouette was very streamlined in places and would do no favours to most body shapes.
But this is aspirational, red carpet glam, and when it's done properly, like the yellow stunner above, it's worth sitting through a few boring pastel sheaths to get to. Though this collection wasn't a patch on the Autumn / Winter show, it was aimed squarely at the target market of wannabe princesses and red carpet romantics. See the highlights in the video below.