Jenny Packham is recognized as Princess Kate's favorite, but for her spring 2017 collection, the British designer looked to 31 other glamorous muses, including Jennifer Lawrence, Courtney Love, Angelica Huston, Stevie Nicks and Houston's own Lynn Wyatt.
Inspired by the idea of Peggy Guggenheim's 1943 art exhibition, 31 Women, but with a different sent of stylemakers, Packham emphasized glamour with a sense of illusion in a series of evening gowns with strategically placed-beading on tulle and in swirling black-and-white Calder patterns.
Packham's forte is gowns, but she also showed '70s-inspired sequin striped wide leg trousers, paired with a black metallic lace ruffle neck top with flared sleeves or an oversized ivory double-breasted jackets fit for a gender-bending rock star.
And such looks as a black-and-ivory floral embroidered tulle top and shorts and red mini-dress with ruffled hemline and flared sleeves have a casual kicky flair.
Even so, glittery gold gowns that resemble an Oscar and camera-ready red and pink embroidered gowns are likely to gather the most attention as award season ramps up. (At the Emmys, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt's Ellie Kemper, a nominee for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, wore a sleeveless yellow Packham gown.) And it wouldn't be surprising to see Princess Kate is one of Packham's new creations as well.
The collection will be available in Houston at Elizabeth Anthony.