British designer Jenny Packham has been experiencing quite a boost thanks to the newly minted Duchess of Cambridge jet setting around the globe in her designs. We can’t complain, though, because we adore her simple and chic creations, and often think she’s one of the most underrated dress designers today. Now that her pretty day dresses have been splashed across the front page of every style section in the world, it looks like Hollywood A-listers are finally starting to give Jenny Packham the exposure she deserves. At the 18th Annual ESPY Awards, held this year at LA’s famed Nokia Theater on Wednesday, July 13th, bronze beauty Kerry Washington wore a Jenny Packham minidress, straight off the designer’s Fall 2011 runway. We are completely in love with Kerry’s look – right down to her pitch-perfect smoky eyes and tight, high bun. Read on for more details about Kerry’s shimmery silver frock, and learn how to recreate her star beauty at home.
Kerry’s flawless figure would look amazing in anything, but we think her Packham pick, which featured a high neck, trendy dolman-style long sleeves and an open back, was the perfect choice for the fun and flirty ESPYs. Thanks to the sparkly beaded embellishments throughout the dress, Kerry positively glittered when she took the stage to present one of the evening’s most coveted awards, Best Male Athlete.
We adored all of Kerry’s coordinating accessories, which included a silver clutch by Salvatore Ferragamo, jewels by H. Stern and asymmetrical metallic platform pumps by Gio Diev. As much as we love mixing metallics, Kerry’s monochromatic silver ensemble looked totally fresh and modern.
If you love Kerry’s sleek bun and pewter smoky eyes, you’re in luck. Her trendy beauty is a snap to recreate at home, with the right products and a little practice. After blow-drying locks to create plenty of texture, hike hair into a high ponytail. Wind the length into a long coil before wrapping it around the base of the ponytail, securing with bobby pins each time you twist hair. Finish your star look with a swipe of shimmery cream shadow and plenty of black mascara for a red carpet-worthy look!