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Jenny Packham Autumn Winter 2015 New York Fashion Week Credit: Getty

Jenny Packham AW15


"This season I was inspired by a visit to the Prado Museum in Madrid," the designer told us backstage ahead of her show. "I hardly had any time in there but as I rushed around I fell in love with the colour palettes of Velazquez, El Greco and Goya and their paintings of very dressed-up society women. I incorporated the colours into the collection but more importantly, the textures." Naturally, it was all about the gowns, which came encrusted in sequins and intricate pearl and crystal beading in sunset shades of burnished gold, copper and paprika orange. Shapes were either slinky and form-fitting or voluminous, with full skirts boasting coquettish slits. The collection moved into nightfall with hues of midnight blue and black on velvet floor-sweepers and cocktail coats, some so heavily beaded with textural sequins they almost sang as they moved. When asked who she loves to dress, Packham revealed: "We've been working with Emily Blunt and I enjoy dressing Kate Winslet - women who are beautiful but also real." Perhaps a tip-off for what we'll see on the Oscars red carpet?

Who we saw: Actress Tessa Thompson.

What they wore: A cream-coloured coat.

In a nutshell: Oscar-worthy gowns in sunset shades.

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