Voila! If Jenny Packham’s Spring/Summer 2014 Collection is any indicator, next year’s most fashionable ladies will be feelin’ groovy. Neiman Marcus Fashion Director Ken Downing was spotted among other style setters in the front row of the Tuesday afternoon show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, where models glided down the runway to the mellow tune of the Beatles’ "Here Comes the Sun." The 60s and 70s-inspired collection featured plenty of volume; light, billowing gowns, blouses and wide-legged pants were the hallmarks of Packham’s extensive lineup of warm-weather looks. A color palette of seafoam green, salmon, and taupe enhanced the airy feel of the line, which was also accented by brighter pops of tangerine, navy and chartreuse.
Many of Packham’s gowns featured volume both on top and bottom, as sashes and belts cinched waists allowing bodices and skirts to flow freely. The addition of pleating on one ivory chiffon dress gave the look incredible movement. Each model’s hair was teased into a cloud of soft curls, which perfectly complemented this swingy tone. The lovely ladies appeared fresh as a Spring day thanks to barely-there makeup, pale pink lips, and dewy skin. Sparkling crystal and pearl embellishments peppered sheer overlays on several stunning evening gowns, creating a sparkling feast for the eyes. Known for being a favorite designer of Kate Middleton, Packham’s collection will surely grace a few royal events next season and just yesterday, Kate Middleton stunned in Packham at the Conservation Awards in the UK.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion week ran from September 5 to September 12.
Brigid Ronan contributed reporting.