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Packham’s runway was filled with waistcoats and gowns, cuff links and cocktail dresses, pinstripes, butterflies and flowers. Packham, who was trained as a textile designer, showed that off with her intricate embroidery, the highlights of a tulle floral gown and a pair of gold floral trousers made of black georgette. Ensembles were richly embellished as well; a yellow crepe and georgette gown was emblazoned with henna crystals, and a denim blue lace cocktail dress sparkled with gun-metal-colored coils.
David Bowie and Patti Smith, as well as the words of Susan Sontag. “It started off with discovering Nick Cave,” Packham said backstage, speaking of the Australian musician whose masculine look loomed in sharp contrast to the feminine quality Packham found in his music. “And then I read a wonderful quote by Susan Sontag. This was about the most attractive men have some feminine in them, the most attractive women have some masculinity.”