Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 1 October 2014

Packham loves Duchess collaboration

Jenny Packham

Jenny Packham "always knows" when Britain's Duchess of Cambridge is going to wear one of her designs.

Catherine, her husband Prince William and their baby son Prince George are currently on a three-week tour of Australia and New Zealand. The duchess has wowed with her style choices, among them a long-sleeved black gown by Jenny, which was emblazoned with a fern on the shoulder.

"Absolutely. It’s always quite a collaboration," the designer told WWD when asked if she's worked directly with the royal. "You kind of always know where it’s going to be worn."

Jenny and her team don't like to talk about the stars they work with, so instead she kept things vague. She was asleep when news Catherine had gone for her piece broke, although that is nothing new.

"Sometimes when we dress celebrities, there are always loads of Twitters and things like that, when I wake up, I think, ‘Oh right, she wore it,'" Jenny laughed.

Her business and romantic partner Matthew Anderson added: "We always seem to be away when these things happen!"

This time around the pair were in New York City, ahead of Jenny's bridal runway show at the end of last week.

Catherine isn't the only star who's opted for a Jenny Packham dress of late. The designer also dressed Kate Winslet for the premiere of her movie Divergent in London, UK, which thrilled her.

"Of course, it’s always nice to work with Kate Winslet. It’s just the icing on the cake," Jenny said.

The designer has previously discussed what she thinks makes her pieces so popular. She is best known for her eveningwear and has worked hard to offer something different.

"It's important to have a talking point, whether it's a fabric or a statement necklace that subtly blows people away," she explained to British InStyle last year.

"I've noticed we're moving away from the little black dress - British women are far more adventurous with colour at night."

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