“What we see and what we seem are but a dream, a dream within a dream” Opening line of Joan Lindsay’s ‘Picnic At Hanging Rock’ Idyllic rolling countryside is bathed in the hazy light of summer. Beneath amajestic weeping willow tree, on the banks of a lazily meandering river, a picnic feast is spread. The sound of girls’ laughter mingles with the melody of nature.
The scene is set. The Jenny Packham SS14 Catwalk Collection is loosely influenced by the Australian cult film
‘Picnic At Hanging Rock’ (1975, directed by Peter Weir and based on the novel by Joan Lindsay).
Set in 1900, the story is both beautiful and haunting; a party of girls from a boarding school in
Australia are taken on a picnic to Hanging Rock. Mysteriously, during the picnic, three of the girls wander off in a trance and disappear...
Inspired by the exquisite styling of the film – a seventies take on austere Edwardian attire, the SS14 Collection fuses classic 70’s prints with traditional embellishments and materials championed at the turn of the 20th Century. Polka dots, checks and stripes are mimicked in beautiful pearl and Swarovski beading. Brick red, cobalt blue and lime green tones are contrasted with a delicate array of soft powder pinks and silver marbles. Translucent, weightless organza adds a whimsical romance to the collection whilst waists clinched with satin ribbons reference the silhouettes of the Edwardian era.
Christina Hendricks sat front row alongside journalist and presenter, Louise Roe and UK Vogue Editor in Chief, Alexandra Shulman. Christina Hendricks wore a montera blue cocktail dress from the AW13 Collection and Louise Roe in a AW13 sugar pink tea length skirt with a SS13 ivory embellished top.