If the role of Winter princess was up for grabs, we're pretty sure Taylor Swift would have nabbed it. The country star already perfected gold at this past weekend's American Music Awards, and now she's moved on to shimmery white and silver. The long Reem Acra Spring 2014 gown she selected for the Winter Whites Gala, held at Kensington Palace in London, had a small ruffle on the side and an embellished bodice that rested off her shoulders. She finished off the look with simple accessories, including a Jenny Packham clutch and Rene Caovilla heels. It just might be the epitome of Winter glamour, but is it lacking something for you? Vote below!
Kate Middleton has her pick of designers, but like many of us she has her favorites. One of them is fellow Brit Jenny Packham, who had the honor of creating Kate's first postbaby red carpet dress, a showstopping shimmering gown. But any fan of the duchess knows that it wasn't the first time Packham has worked with Kate — or the last.
The latest was an ink-blue Jenny Packham gown the Duchess chose for her appearance at the 100 Women in Hedge Funds gala last night in London. But before that, there was that famous teal gown that showed off Kate's red carpet style and a yellow shirtdress that was undeniably sweet, among many others. Check out our favorite Packham gowns worn by the new mom, here in the gallery.
For a vintage-meets-modern bridal hair and makeup look, direct your attention to Jenny Packham's Fall 2014 Bridal Fashion Week collection. Inspired by the Belle Époque (French for beautiful era) of the early 20th century, makeup artist Talia Shobrook for Laura Mercier created a romantic, dreamy palette. Models' cheeks were flushed with three shades to achieve the perfect glow: Second Skin Cheek Colour ($25 each) in Barely Pink and Rose Petal, followed by Peach Whisper on the apples of the cheeks. Lips were done in mauve and beige tones using Crème Smooth Lip Colour ($26 each) in Pink Blush and Peche.
For the hair, Tresemmé stylist Jeanie Syfu created a mystical, ethereal updo full of voluminous curls. After applying 24 Hour Body Foaming Mousse ($6), models' strands were blown dry using a Mason Pearson brush. Hair was then spritzed with Platinum Strength Heat Protection Spray ($6) and curled using a smaller iron near the neck, a medium barrel from the ears to the crown, and a one-inch barrel on top. Each curl was set with pincurl clips. When the hair was cool, Syfu removed the pins and teased models' strands into texturized faux bobs. A few spritzes of finishing spray, along with sparkly hair accessories (on some models) from Packham's line, completed the fanciful style.
Here comes the bride, all dressed in pink? When Vera Wang sent a bouquet of petal, peony, rose, and even coral down the runway, we sat up and took notice. And she wasn't alone. For Fall 2014, bridal designers definitely thought outside the box with innovative shapes, unexpected embellishments, and provocative hemlines. Read on to see what we mean!
A pregnant Kate Winslet made quite the entrance when she arrived to the London premiere of her latest movie, Labor Day, in a scarlet red bespoke evening gown by Jenny Packham. The dress's delicate drapery beautifully showed off her growing baby bump. But this isn't the first showstopping look Kate has debuted while on her promotional tour for Labor Day. From sleekly tailored day looks to more than one custom gown from the designer who might just be the favorite of British actresses and royals alike, we're taking a look at her exemplary style here, in the gallery.
When we spotted Julianne Hough hitting the Emmys red carpet, we didn't expect to spot so much of her! The star strolled in wearing a spearmint-colored off-the-shoulder leotard covered in a sheer, embellished tulle ball skirt. Who's behind her daring dress choice? It was one of the final looks at British designer Jenny Packham's Spring 2014 runway show, and even then, we couldn't help but blush — until that look, the collection was a medley of gowns perfect for famous Packham fan Kate Middleton. We even wondered if the Duchess of Cambridge would be so bold as to take this revealing number out for a spin. Now we'll never know.
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There's no doubt about it: Kate Middleton's first postbaby red carpet appearance was a showstopper. Dressed in a shimmering pale gold gown by none other than Jenny Packham, the Duchess of Cambridge accompanied her husband to the Tusk Conservation Awards in London, where he is set to present the Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa.
Her choice to go for a Jenny Packham gown is just another chapter in her red carpet love affair with the British designer — and with good reason! The highly embellished sheath, which she accessorized with matching platform heels and a diamond bracelet, glimmers with the sophisticated glamour that the duchess is known for.
Talia Shobrook for Laura Mercier used the Radiance Foundation Primer ($32) followed by tinted moisturizer to illuminate the face. She then applied Cheek Contour in Sunrise ($24), and finished with silver glitter scattered on the eyes. The nails by Gina Edwards also had a touch of sparkle with Essie Eternal Optimist ($8) topped with Allure ($8). "The key to glitter is you never want to take a full brush because it's just going to be a blob," she explained.
The hair was a definite nod to the disco era with big, backcombed curls. Lead stylist Jeanie Syfu curled each model's hair using Tresemmé Thermal Creations Curl Activator Spray ($5) and varying sized irons. The hair was set with pins, and then teased right before the girls hit the runway.
Fashion loves a good mashup, but when Jenny Packham's show notes for her Spring 2014 presentation promised a "'70s take on austere Edwardian attire," we were skeptical. Then we saw the first look, a mustard yellow shift dress embellished with traditional silver marbles and pearls, and got the idea.
Watching this runway, it was hard not to squint and imagine Kate Middleton, a faithful customer of the British designer, wearing the gowns. We see her most in the long-sleeved baby blue dress with a tulle overlay of soft pink stripes of Swarovski beading. And the dusty peach silk gown cinched with a marching satin ribbon. And, maybe if the duchess is so bold, the spearmint off-the-shoulder leotard with that sheer leg moment. Now that would be quite the Packham mashup.
When Kate Middleton made her first postbaby appearance, she wore Jenny Packham, and now the designer is enjoying a little time in the spotlight. Unfortunately for us, Kate's polka-dotted empire stunner is custom made and won't be available for sale. Don't fret, though; Miss Packham is best known for her wedding dresses and accessories (think capelets, veils, headbands, etc.), of which we've got plenty.