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Jenny Packham's A-list inspiration for new collection

Blake Lively, Rooney Mara, PJ Harvey and Florence Welch are among 31 women who served as muses for Jenny Packham's Spring/Summer 17 line.

Jenny Packham’s latest collection was inspired by 31 famous ladies, including Courtney Love, Elizabeth Taylor and Stevie Nicks.

The Spring/ Summer 17 designs hit the runway at New York Fashion Week on Sunday (11Sept16), and like the people who inspired the clothes, the line was full of different styles.

The 31 names were listed in the show notes, and Jenny got the idea from art collector Peggy Guggenheim, who put on an exhibition in 1943 titled 31 Women.

“She put together 31 women artists and it was very controversial, so I just stole her idea, really,” Jenny grinned to The Hollywood Reporter.

“(The women are) very, very diverse — we've got Elizabeth Taylor, Courtney Love, Frida Kahlo, Catherine Deneuve and modern women that we love to dress as well. (The group) is quite eclectic, there’s a lot going on there. I was looking into each one of those style icons and kind of pulling one thing. Like Iman, for example, we had a look that was brightly coloured and plunging.”

Flowing feminine dresses were paraded alongside glamorous eveningwear, with a mixed colour palette encompassing a wide range of colours.

Admitting she could have selected 331 muses, Jenny says it was hard to whittle down the women to just 31. However she’s more than happy with her shortlist.

“Well the thing is, they’re all very strong, confident women. You know, they didn’t really like when Peggy put on an exhibition of surrealist women but she didn’t give a damn what anyone thought,” she commented. “And I think Courtney (Love) and all of these people — they created their own style because they were able to step out of the norm at the time.”

Blake Lively, Rooney Mara, PJ Harvey and Florence Welch are some of the other names to feature.

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