|WARNING: Jenny Packham’s wedding dresses at the Raffles Hotel WILL induce serious daydreaming|
Bridal wear is certainly not a category of clothing I write about often, so it was definitely an eye-opening experience for me when I was invited to the media preview of Jenny Packham’s S/S’14 collections at Trinity Gallery, Raffles Hotel.
I was also quite keen to see more of her wedding designs, due to the fact that most of her work that is heavily publicised these days are her ready-to-wear gowns on the red carpet.
Needless to say, British designer Packham’s designs – brought into the spotlight by The Duchess of Cambridge’s frequent appearances in her dresses – steer well clear of the stereotypical ‘princess’ finish – over-pouffy skirts, generously voluminous tulle, etc. Instead, each of the dresses feature sleek silhouettes with huge attention to detail – beaded and sequin embellishments are all hand finished to impeccable accuracy and quality.
Materials include delicate chiffon, cascading silk and lace, often with semi-sheer panels around the shoulders. Indeed, some of the dresses feature so much detailing it may seem overpowering on the hanger, but once worn all of the elements seem to blend seamlessly.
If I could describe her designs in three words? Demure, sexy and alluring. With that being said, its yet to be seen how Packham’s designs will be received in Singapore. Many Asian brides still don traditional Chinese garments for their big day, or indeed still favour the typical ‘frou frou’ dress design.
Perhaps all it will take is a local celebrity to get married in one of her designs and the rest will follow suit? Only time will tell. In the mean time, if you’re looking for a dress for the big day, I would highly recommend heading to Trinity Gallery Boutique, which aside from Jennifer Packham, stocks other international designers including Monique Lhuiller, Reem Acra, Oscar de la Renta, Lazaro Noir and Marchesa.