The inspiration for Jenny Packham’s sultry, sequined collection of red carpet-worthy gowns was film noir. For up-and-coming actress Taylor Schilling, the timing couldn’t have been more perfect: “I just started watching all of these Hitchcock movies for the first time—last night I watched Rear Window,” she said.
The late-night movie watching may have made waking up for the early morning show a bit difficult, but judging by her glamorous updo and retro-inspired beaded top, she may have found inspiration from Hitchcock’s blonde heroines. “I think I’m in Grace Kelly Land, I think that’s what’s happening,” admitted Schilling. “That kind of [movie], it’s so dramatic, you can really sink into a different world. Whether it’s fashion or telling a story in a film, with film noir it’s a fantasy.”
In addition to her elegant looks, Schilling has also landed the leading man—at least, on-screen: In the coming months she’s playing Zac Efron’s dream girl in The Lucky One (based on a novel by Nicholas Sparks, he of The Notebook, A Walk to Remember, and Message in a Bottle fame) and Ben Affleck’s wife in Argo. Who was her first celebrity crush? “If we’re going to be really honest, I used to watch Grease a lot!”