"Pitch Perfect star" Anna Kendrick continued her Fashion Week tour on Tuesday Feb. 11 with a stop at British designer Jenny Packham's A/W '14 runway show. Known for her regal red carpet ready looks and feminine frocks, Packham's latest collection took a walk on the wild side. This season, the designer drew her inspiration from Bianca Jagger and 1970s style. "I admire women who style themselves with integrity and wit," Packham told Elle Canada. "Bianca was the queen of mindful dressing."
The collection was filled with a range of innovative designs, all with an edge. Regal beaded column gowns, beaded knit cardigans paired with full skirts, oversized feathered coats in pastels, and even tailored separates made their way onto the runway.
Packham's accessory line was especially wonderful. Models walked the runway with gorgeous beaded earrings and cuffs along with feathered clutches in bright colors.
The show began with floor length gowns in demure colors and shapes that rang back to the 1970s (think three quarter length sleeves, open neckline, straight shape). While some were covered with Swarovski crystals from head to toe, others featured flouncy sleeves and high slits, and still others utilized fringe, cutouts, a very deep V for a sexy subtle look, and even lines of crystal embroidery down the side of the body and on the sleeves.
The line continued with a mix of separates featuring oversized silk trousers paired with cashmere knit sweaters (with crystals of course), simple blouses, and creme colored blazers.
There were also several beaded top/full skirt combinations, reminding us of a princess from yesteryear. We especially loved a blue sweater with embroidered crystals over a completely glittered full length skirt.
Highlights included a deep red halter jumpsuit ('70s, here we come), a gold beaded top paired with a gold ball gown skirt, an oversized feathered full length sky blue coat, and a creme colored halter gown with drapery around the waist.
But the showstopper really brought us back to 1975 with a floor length sheer gown covered in glitter with long sheer sleeves, a deep V, and a large broach on the chest.
Alexandra Finkel contributed reporting.