Photos: Courtesy of Jenny Packham (dress); Conde Nast Digital Studio (inset)
Sorry, Queen B. but Gossip Girl has a new "it" girl in town: Fashion designer Jenny Packham, who has been featured in the past few episodes. We caught up with the London-based couturier at her new Meatpacking showroom during Bridal Market to talk Gossip Girl, her latest bridal collection, and an ever-growing list of celebrity clients.
Q. Congratulations on all your recent success! Can you tell us about your Fall 2012 bridal collection?
A. Thank you. The collection has many vintage elements and an Art Deco feel. The fabrics are very soft: satin georgettes, crepes and tulles. The beading is either very vintage (antiqued silvers and crystal), or tone-on-tone using opals and moonstones. The styling is very Greek Goddess!
Q. You have been busy lately, between opening a new showroom in New York and being on Gossip Girl. Tell us more!
A. I have been globetrotting for a month now from our New York ready-to-wear show through to the Bridal Week in New York via Paris. I love travelling and use my time abroad to be inspired. I am such a city lover so it's always a thrill—and Gossip Girl was amazing.
Q. Who is your favorite cast member on Gossip Girl?
A. I love Elizabeth Hurley. I have met her on a few occasions, and was stunned by her beauty and her attitude. Very cool and easy going. I always love the domineering, slightly wicked women on screen.
Q. You have dressed everyone from Kate Middleton to Sandra Bullock. Which celebrity would you like to dress next for her wedding day?
A. There are so many, from Cameron Diaz and Eva Mendes to Michelle Williams and Charlize Theron. Strong, intelligent, talented women!
Q. What type of bride gravitates to your collection?
A. A bride for whom it is important to be individual and slightly alternative. I feel our brides are empowered women who know what they want and have strong sense their identity. Obviously, they love fashion and glamour.
Q. What other exciting projects are you working on right now?
A. I have a few projects that may surprise our fans, but I am sworn to secrecy. Sorry!
To see more looks from Jenny Packham's latest collection, visit our Wedding Dresses gallery. —Stephanie Davila