British designer Jenny Packham sent a few fresh and beautiful looks down the runway, but there weren’t as many as one would hope for from a designer who has dressed Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, on multiple occasions. Much of her evening collection’s more standard fare felt dated — not to be confused with vintage or the latest trendy decade — and some of the embellished numbers weren’t nearly as rich and luxurious as the red-carpet category demands.
What did work, worked well. A crisp and appealing wild-rose-printed blazer and lean pants that, with its matching chiffon shirt, struck just the right balance between masculine and feminine that Packham said she wanted this season. A gown, in a similar botanical print, featured an embroidered tulle illusion bodice and a swirling, floor-length skirt in double layers of organza. Packham’s sleek, midcalf, cap-sleeved sheath in a French-blue floral lace with gunmetal accents was her chicest look — and an indication that talent is there.