10 Minutes With: Jenny Packham
October 18, 2016
Jenny Packham had a very clear muse in mind when designing her Spring 2017 collection—31 iconic women to be exact. The women consisted of a mix of old Hollywood royalty as well as younger stars. Each dress captured a different personality, making for a broad array of styles and designs.
We met up with the designer to discuss her inspiration and her favorite New York Fashion Week moment.
Neiman Marcus: What was the inspiration behind the Jenny Packham Spring 2017 show?
Jenny Packham: Inspirational art collector Peggy Guggenheim once curated an exhibition of 31 female artists titled 31 Women. I borrowed this idea and created a list of 31 women I would love—or would have loved—to dress. Peggy herself being one of these women on my list, as she was renowned for her love of textiles and colors. One of Peggy’s favorite artists was Alexander Calder, who created jewelry for her. For the prints and accessories in this collection, we took inspiration from the jewelry he created.
NM: What has been your favorite moment during New York Fashion Week?
JP: Our cab driver watching The Walking Dead on a portable DVD player during our ride from the airport into the city!
NM: How do you unwind after all the hard work and long nights that go into preparing for New York Fashion Week?
JP: We have dinner with the team to discuss everything New York Fashion Week.
NM: What events do you envision women wearing a Jenny Packham design to?
JP: While creating, I imagine designs that will stun at any special occasion.
NM: Describe your personal style.
JP: I would describe my personal style as understated, with a focus on quality and tailoring, and a big love for accessories.
NM: Many iconic women and celebrities have worn your designs on the red carpet. If you could choose any woman, whom would you love to dress?
JP: I always absolutely love to dress Dita Von Teese because her style is ultrafeminine. If I were to choose someone I haven’t dressed before, I would choose Julianne Moore.
NM: What does the future hold for Jenny Packham?
JP: A lychee martini, a long-haul flight, and a walk with my dog Byron in Hampstead Heath, London—in that particular order, too.