The bridal collection 2016
Designer wedding dresses is Jenny Packham
In an unassuming industrial style space, cascading orbs of duskily tinted roses and fronds of maidenhair ferns hinted at the dreamily botanical, enchanted show to come. Set against a giant custom painted backdrop of blurred florals and set to the opening sounds of a quote from Midsummer Nights Dream, the scene was set for an ethereal, unhurried procession of models, drifting gracefully, revealing themselves one by one, as if emerging from a dream.
Holding wild bouquets of trailing jasmine tendrils and delicate corsages, this collection beautifully blurred the lines between Jenny Packham’s signature aesthetic of demure English Rose with an enchanted sense of whimsy and unexpected magic. A slightly nostalgic assortment of refreshed favourites and re-interpretations of infamous, signature beadwork and sequins were beautifully mixed with new and incredible explorations of embellishment and dreamy silhouettes.
In a palette beautifully devoid of white, gowns rich with pearls, paillettes, muted shimmering bead work and floral embellishments were brought to life in the subtlest expressions of creams and ivory, barely there tints of blush, dusky pinks, dove, mint and the palest of silvers.
Silhouettes explored new takes on Jenny’s signature Art Deco inspired sheaths and the eternally elegant, slinkily dropped waists by way of separate, sheer floating hems that trumpeted slightly, drifting ethereally around ankles as models walked. Gowns decadently, entirely embellished with pearls and sequins moved like liquid ivory, a dreamlike mirage of unfathomable embellishment that made you wonder if you had dreamt, rather than actually seen these gowns.
Demure caplet style sleeves offered unexpected sensuality when viewed from the back, gently draping and fluting into deep V formations, cascading from shoulders to waist. Similarly, the classicism of so many iconic silhouettes were updated with rich constellations of crystal foliage or trailing tendrils of sequins, seeming to run like water down silk skirts and across pooling hems.
Walking to a hauntingly beautiful soundtrack, perfectly befitting the Midsummer Nights Dream theme, models looks beautifully fresh faced in uncomplicated hair and makeup. Dewy skin glowed and hair was left free flowing, simply waved as if just released from a braid. Moving in a kind of dreamily, unhurried glide to runways end and back, they embodied enchanted creatures and perfectly showcased the kind of super natural beauty we applaud for brides.
Setting the tone perfectly for ethereal, mid-summer garden celebrations these gowns are easy to imagine beneath a Titania worthy canopy of flowering branches, but would look just as captivating at a decadently glamorous (indoor) evening event, such was the sensuality and appeal of this 2016 collection.
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