Fall Fashion Preview

Kate Middleton's favorite designer appeals to Texas women with flashy new collection

Jenny Packham appeals to Texas women with flashy new collection

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The Jenny Packham fall collection incorporates three-dimensional textured fabrics and sparking beaded designs.  Photo by Elizabeth Lippman
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Jenny Packham embellished green and silver cocktail dress. Photo by Elizabeth Lippman
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Jenny Packham layers crystals atop fabric to get a "double shine." Photo by Elizabeth Lippman
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The unusual color palette came from Jenny Packham's observation of paintings at the world-famous Prado Museum in Madrid. Photo by Elizabeth Lippman
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Jenny Packham white beaded evening gown with front slit. Photo by Elizabeth Lippman
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Some coats in Jenny Packham's fall collection are encrusted with paillettes for a three-dimensional effect. Photo by Elizabeth Lippman
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Jenny Packham layers crystals atop fabric to get a "double shine." Photo by Elizabeth Lippman
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Some coats in Jenny Packham's fall collection are encrusted with paillettes for a three-dimensional effect. Photo by Elizabeth Lippman
Jenny Packham look 36 fall 2015 collection
Jenny Packham look 17 fall 2015 collection
Jenny Packham look 12 fall 2015 collection
Jenny Packham look 9 fall 2015 collection
Jenny Packham look 34 fall 2015 collection
Jenny Packham look 8 fall 2015 collection
Jenny Packham look 13 fall 2015 collection
Jenny Packham look 26 fall 2015 collection

Judging from the runway looks at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, a number of designers have Spain on their minds. Among them is British designer Jenny Packham, whose trip to the Prado Museum in Madrid a few months ago inspired a fall collection incorporating three-dimensional textured fabrics and royal colors of paprika, poppy and silver based on paintings in the world-famous museum.

Packham said she was particularly struck by images of society women painted by 19th-century artist Raimundo de Madrazo y Garreta. The influence is felt in the rich textures and luxe fabrics Packham incorporates into the collection as well as some edgy designs.

The designer experimented with fabrics, layering crystals atop satin, velvet or lace to get a "double shine," so that some gowns look like they have been coated with stardust. Coats, jackets and even skirts are encrusted with swirly oversized paillettes that envelope the models in a 3-D cocoon like nothing else I saw on the catwalk during fashion week.

It's a departure for Packham, who for spring featured a frothy collection based on Marilyn Monroe. Even so, the unique offerings are sure to please her No. 1 royal customer: Kate Middleton, who favors Packham for many special-occasion outings.

And it's likely to draw Texas women who want that royal feeling with a touch of flash too.