Jenny Packham’s Enchanting Spring 2016 Bridal Collection
Following on from last Monday’s glimpse of the gorgeous tea length gowns in House of Mooshki’s 2016 Bridal collection (which, if you missed it, really is a must see), we’re starting this week with something a little extra special from designer of the moment Jenny Packham and last month’s Bridal Market. If you love art deco decadence and ethereal elegance then have your pinning finger ready…..
Jenny Packham is known for re-igniting the romance and craftsmanship of yesteryear with her collections, and whether for walking the aisle or the red carpet she has long been the designer of choice for many a bride, and of course one rather stylish royal! If you have been a follower of Chic Vintage Brides for any length of time then you will know just how much I adore her distinctly 1920s inspired signature style – you don’t have to go far on CVB before you find a post mentioning her name or featuring one of her decadent bridal gowns; and you will find many of her past collections here – 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012. Of course as a Jenny Packham bride myself I could be slightly biased, but her timeless and exquisitely embellished gowns, quite simply stole my heart from the moment I saw them some 5 years ago, and has done so time and again with each collection since – and her 2016 collection is no exception!
Inspired by a midsummer dream and a fairy queen, Jenny Packham’s latest offering has an otherworldly, whimsical grace that we’ve not seen from the designer before. With gowns of celestial silk tulles and cascading silk chiffon, in hues of soft meadow green, dusky pink, champagne, platinum and a radiant ivory; the collection is wonderfully romantic and feminine. With sculpted corsetry and dramatic necklines, all decorated with appliqué organza blooms, majestic ostrich feathers, crystal foliage motifs and delicate floral lace, alongside the designer’s signature art deco embellishments; it celebrates the lavish artistry of nature with a bohemian ethereal elegance, whilst remaining true to the vintage aesthetic JP is renowned for.
Naming each gorgeous dress after characters of a Midsummer Night’s Dream, and showing them against a backdrop inspired by Shakespeare’s fairy realm, her catwalk show was truly the stuff of fairy tales!…..
I think I must say this each and every time, but 2016 could be the greatest Jenny Packham collection yet! Like no-one else in the bridal business, she has a way of designing a dress that with soft flowing skirts and body skimming sheaths exquisitely flatters the female form and is unequivocally evocative of eras past. Each design epitomises grace and understated elegance, hinting at old world glamour, whilst remaining equally perfect for the modern bride. With this collection I am yet again completely smitten…..
Be still my beating heart! I am struggling to choose a favourite, but isn’t Cordelia just stunning? I love that shade of beautiful blush and the opulent ostrich feathers with those romantic drop sleeves.
You can see the full collection here, or to see each gown as they should be seen – in their full flowing glory – by watching the catwalk video here. For those of you lucky enough to be getting married in 2016 (or 2017) these gowns will be available from July with prices starting at $3600 (£2400) and you can find global stockist information on the Jenny Packham website.
I’m off to take another look!