British fashion designer Jenny Packham turned to film noir for inspiration for her autumn/winter 2012 collection.

Showing at New York Fashion Week, the range incorporated old-fashion glamour as it rediscovered the style of 1940s bombshells.

Models sported narrow-waisted dresses in luxurious fabrics that were finished with subtle crystal embellishments and intricate beading.

Looks were completed with dark lipstick, hair rolled in quiffs, chunky crystal earrings and red-soled Louboutin heels.

"It's very film noir. I read The Postman Always Rings Twice and Strangers on a Train and sent off for some film noirs - I've been very inspired by the leading ladies. They're dangerous, enticing, unrepentant - and glamorous. Everything we'd we'd like to be," Packham told the Telegraph backstage after the show.

Packham chose black and white along with red and pale pinks and blues to feature as the key colours in the range.

The garments were sleek, hugging the body in varieties of chiffon and crepe to create elegant and feminine looks.

A show-stopping number was a one-sleeved deep red satin dress with crystal encrusted tulle that covered the décolletage and side of the waist.