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Jenny Packham Spring Summer 2015 New York Fashion Week

Jenny Packham SS15

SS15

"Marilyn Monroe was the inspiration behind this collection," Jenny Packham told us backstage at her SS15 fashion show. "We started off trying to think of something more clever but we gave up because there were so many things we could get from her." From the palm prints splashed over floor-length gowns and shifts, a reference to the bungalowed gardens of the Beverly Hills Hotel, where Monroe famously called home, to the slinky beaded gowns and bouffant hairdos, the line-up was pure, unadulterated glamour. Off-the shoulder shifts in pillar-box red and china blue and strapless jumpsuits in powder blue were the cornerstone of daywear while sequin-encrusted jackets and pencil skirts were just the ticket for cocktail hour. For something a little more formal (Packham regularly dresses royalty and Hollywood), carpet-sweeping, figure-hugging columns came in shimmery gold, flamingo pink or chocolate brown (a lot more forgiving than black). For the first time in several seasons Packham revisited the hooped ballgown, adorning the light-as-air organza with applique lace. Forget diamonds, this collection was a girl's best friend.

Who we saw: The City's Whitney Port

What they wore: A plunging scarlet top and wide-leg trousers

In a nutshell: Some like it hot

See the Autumn/Winter 2014 Jenny Packham collection

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