WWW.ELLE.COM – Heigl, dressed in a sleeveless black Packham dress with Swarovski crystal detailing, sat beside Vanessa Hudgens and Olympic gold medal gymnast Aly Raisman. They watched as Packham sent a series of shimmering, crystal-encrusted column gowns and feminine, full-skirted chiffon dresses down the runway. The outfits were accessorized with elegant slingback heels, soft, low ponytails and minimal makeup.
We chatted with the British designer backstage.
“The collection was based on a painting I saw of the mid-17th century salons in Paris, where intelligent women would gather to discuss the arts and politics and sit on lounges with these wonderful satin dresses on,” Packham said. “I borrowed the colors and mood from there.”
Does Packham know yet which stars will be wearing her designs on the Oscar red carpet on February 24? “I don’t get my hopes up,” she replied. “Even if they say they are going to wear [my gown], I don’t know for sure.” We asked about which award season trends we will see at the Oscars. “I think what we’ve seen are a lot of strapless looks, which is a sort of predictable glamorous look. What I’d like to see is what we tried to do with this show, which is to play the hair and makeup down a bit to keep it fresh and young. If you’re going to dress up with a nod to old glamour, try to do something modern with it.”