As always, it was very elegant, luxurious, and chic with details that imply sophisticated glamour! The Jenny Packham SS14 Catwalk Collection was loosely influenced by the Australian cult film ‘Picnic At Hanging Rock’ (1975, directed by Peter Weir and based on the novel by Joan Lindsay). Set in 1900, the story is both beautiful and haunting; a party of girls from a boarding school in Australia are taken on a picnic to Hanging Rock. Mysteriously, during the picnic, three of the girls wander off in a trance and disappear…
Inspired by the exquisite styling of the film – a seventies take on austere Edwardian attire, the SS14 Collection fuses classic 70’s prints with traditional embellishments and materials championed at the turn of the 20th Century. Polka dots, checks and stripes are mimicked in beautiful pearl and Swarovski beading. Brick red, cobalt blue and lime green tones are contrasted with a delicate array of soft powder pinks and silver marbles. Translucent, weightless organza adds a whimsical romance to the collection whilst waists clinched with satin ribbons reference the silhouettes of the Edwardian era. It was a very beautiful, super-feminine collection contrary to the general mood for androgynous, edgy silhouettes, and dark, punkish or film noir elements! I totally loved it, and I believe that women should, every now and then, have their special ‘ultimate glamour’ moments!