Jenny Packham pays tribute to front row guest Dita von Teese with sultry Film Noir-inspired collection (but all the dresses still look made for Kate)
Forties diva: Front row guest Dita Von Teese seems to ooze the runway glamour of Jenny Packham's Fall 2012 show
Jenny Packham is the Duchess of Cambridge's go-to label for formal occasions. But this morning's show at New York Fashion Week paid homage to a very different woman.
The Forties-inspired Film Noir theme seemed perfect for front row guest Dita von Teese – and would certainly look bewitching on Angelina Jolie, another loyal fan of the label.
That said, Ms Packham has not strayed too far from the aesthetic that has made her such a favourite with the A-list and Royals alike, and one couldn't help but imagine which gowns Catherine would be choosing for her next formal occasion.
Though the models all shared the same
Forties styling with dark lips and elegant chignons, the structured
shoulders, form-fitting silhouettes and nipped, belted waists were all
pure Kate, and Ms Packham delivered these hallmarks of the Duchess's
style in volumes.
to what she knows best, the collection was almost exclusively
eveningwear, with plenty of dazzle in the form of crystal-embellished
shoulders, bodices, and gunmetal beaded fabrics.
Describing her inspiration, the designer cited a quote from the 1986 book Leading Ladies, by Don Macpherson, in her show notes.
'She was almost always bewitchingly
glamorous,' it read. 'Slow to befriend and swift to betray, a haunting
and often malevolently dangerous vision which could lure a man to his
doom, or bring him to despair.'
Bacall beige: Packham's warm oat shade, named for the New York native and screen siren Lauren Bacall, was out in force, with sparkling embellishment adding a sweep of night-time glitz to the earthy hue
Ms Packham said her muse demonstrates a 'change of personality to the Jenny Packham collection…
silk chiffons give way to heavy silk crepes, plunging necklines to
sleeker silhouettes with slim sleeves and figure-hugging forms. Pretty
pinks are brushed aside as blood red and Stanwyk silver hit the
catwalk,' she wrote.
High Glamour: Forties-inspired Film Noir gowns hark back to an era of opulence and chic, with models styled with dark lips and elegant chignons. Dazzle came in the form of crystal-embellished shoulders and bodices
Fit for a princess: The structured shoulders, form-fitting silhouettes and nipped, belted waists were all pure Duchess of Cambridge, though the designer cited a quote from Leading Ladies as her inspiration
That is not to say that there were no
pale hues at all. Though instead of those pink and blush tones, there
was powder blue and an oat-like shade she referred to as 'Bacall Beige'.
won't be alone in wearing Packham's designs in the coming months. One
such creamy coloured gown with crystal embellishment across the
shoulders caught the eye of burlesque queen Dita, who snapped the look
on her phone.
Kate's favourite: The Duchess of Cambridge is a devotee of the label, whether at daytime events of formal soirees, and some of next fall's designs seem to be designed with the stylish Duchess in mind
And one can
only begin to imagine which A-listers will be stepping out in the label
come Oscars night, a week on Sunday. Let the battle of the stylists
Who's your friend Dita was seen walking arm and arm with a man in Manhattan on Monday