It was a story of shoulders at Jenny Packham. Well, that and guessing which of the collection's narrow, cinched-waisted gowns the world's favorite Duchess will wear this coming year. With a runway set up like a seductive, glamorous movie, the designer showed a collection of bold looks made for bold women. There were sharp shoulders, embellished shoulders, bared shoulders, and draped shoulders. A parade of femme fatales strolled out flaunting what is arguably the most underrated physical asset. She was inspired by the larger-than-life personalities of 40s film stars and her stage was set with rippling dry ice and film noir elements. It was surprising, as she is most well known for her bridal wear and soft, feminine dresses, that the collection was peppered with strong embellishments and edgy silhouettes.
Understandably, the most notable looks were a string of detailed gowns that looked one step away from the Oscar red carpet. The separates and cocktail wear were much less exciting, though a tuxedo-inspired jumpsuit is sure to be an editorial winner. With Packham's first collaborative collection set to launch this spring in British department store, Debenhams, it's clear she's here to stay and that we'll be seeing much more of the designer this year.