Last Thursday was the launch of Jenny Packham’s new range for Debenhams, No. 1. It has been met with mixed reviews so I sent along head of So You’re Getting Married’s London division, Nimet (aka @lipstick_407) to investigate and report back with her thoughts…
The day after I learnt that Alice Temperley is to join forces with John Lewis, I attended the launch of another high end designer’s collaboration with a high street department store on behalf of Mrs Miller – the Debenhams launch of No. 1 Jenny Packham. I took my friend and fellow bride to be, also called Jenny along with me. I was a little apprehensive before the event as I knew the collection hasn’t received the best reception from many in the wedding industry. But I decided to go anyway and see what I thought about it for myself – I am planning my wedding right now and I figured that girls like us are the target demographic.
On arrival, we were served bubbles and shown around the suite where the off the peg dresses and accessories were laid out. The lovely Debenhams ladies explained that the majority of the line is aimed towards wedding guests rather than the bride. We were only able to see the eight dresses and some of the shoes, headwear and jewellery – the rest of the collection will be released throughout the summer.
Prices are budget-friendly which will be welcomed by a lot of ladies right now – they range from a tenner for a hair clip to £160 for a maxi dress. At these prices, you’ve probably correctly guessed that the collection is mass produced, so in quality terms, you’ll get what you pay for.
Here are my favourite pieces from the evening:
Grey halo feather headband, £35, great for wedding guests.
Ivory feather stole, £100, I am looking for a nice wrap for the outdoor Thames-side first look portraits at my November wedding… maybe a possibility? Worried it swamps my 4’10” frame (yes, I am teeny weeny) and quite frankly it won’t actually keep me warm.
Gold filigree collar necklace, £50 – I’d happily wear this to an Indian wedding with a saree.
Silver meshed crystal clutch bag, £100 – a timeless piece for a bride or guest.
All in all, it was a lovely evening playing dress up and talking to the lovely hosts. I look forward to seeing more of the collection in real life as it’s released later on this year – especially the cute little girl bridesmaid dresses!
photograhs courtesy of Nimet and Jenny Packham
So, what do you think??