Red-carpet designer Jenny Packham into '70s glam


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NEW YORK (AP) - What will it be on the Oscars red carpet from Jenny Packham? The gold gown with the sparkly diamond pattern up top or one of her cherry reds with crystals?

If Anna Kendrick had a preference watching from Packham's front row Tuesday, she wasn't giving it away. The "Pitch Perfect" star has developed a poker face as she makes the rounds at New York Fashion Week.

Packham, the Londoner who has dressed Kate Middleton and numerous Hollywood stars, said in a backstage interview the collection was partly inspired by Bianca Jagger's ease and elegance in flowing one-shoulder gowns and silk kaftans during the 1970s.

Her runway ode to Mick's ex included loose satin jumpsuits with chunky jewel accents.

Packham trimmed beaded cocktail dresses with feathers at the hem and sent out a long ostrich-feather coat in blue. Her silky satins came in soft caramel, bluebird blue and rose pink, in contrast to metallic glitter on tulle and Swaravski crystals scattered on mesh.

The mood was playful disco in spots and old glamour in others, thanks to another era in fashion Packham admires: the 1930s.

"I play with those two eras a lot," she said. "The `70s did actually take quite a lot inspiration from the `30s. I love the `70s, the bold color. There's something very sophisticated about it now, looking back."

In addition to Middleton, Packham has dressed Angelina Jolie, Amy Adams, Helen Mirren and Kate Winslet.

She has been a growing presence on the red carpet and her phone will likely start ringing Wednesday ahead of the Academy Awards now that she's revealed her latest gowns.

"We've got pieces being held for people," she said, declining to name names.

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