7 gorgeous red carpet looks and the designers behind them
by ELLE Team
You tell us that you don't spend the better part of your day pouring over celebrities and their #OOTD selfies while scrolling down your Instagram feed and we'll show you a liar. It's not wrong, in fact it's one of our guilty pleasures. But while it's absolutely alright to obsess over celebrities kitted out in designer wear, how many of those designers can you actually name? Like the consolation mantra we keep repeating to ourselves about the delay in our gym joining date , it's never too late to start.
From US-based Prabal Gurung to Russia's Yanina Fashion, these designers are taking over all the red carpets and it's about time you caught up with who they are. Add these names to your fashion lexicon and shamelessly show-off your newfound knowledge.
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Stunning in its simplicity, this red sheath dress with an undone hem really plays up Katrina Kaif’s best assets. The designer behind it, Nepalese-born Prabal Gurung, is a Bollywood favourite for his feminine styles that always, always pack an element of surprise. Imagine buttoned-up slits and high-tech fabrics that ace the tightrope walk between old school and new age.
Born in Orissa before finding success in New York, Bibhu Mohapatra’s work heavily references the country of his origin, whether in his colour palette or hand-woven fabrics. New York's well-heeled enjoy the attention the designer lavishes on them in his private atelier, and the fact that none of his designs scream 'expensive label'. The soft-spoken designer is now favourite with celebrities from Michelle Obama to Frieda Pinto.
Moscow native Yulia Yanina opened her eponymous fashion house in 1993, immediately attracting the wives and daughters of Russian oligarchs with her wispy creations pulled straight from the pages of a Grimm Brothers' novel. A team of 30 seamstresses and 20 embroiderers work their magic over ballgowns that will eventually find their way to aristocrats and celebrities from Lady Gaga and Eva Longoria to Sonam and Jacqueline Fernandez.
Born in Malaysia and trained in London at the legendary Central Saint Martins fashion school, Self-Portrait is the brainchild of designer Han Chong. Identifiable by its addiction to lace and mid-range price points, this label has quickly travelled the world, garnering a celebrity following including Priyanka Chopra and Mira Rajput.
A guaranteed conversation starter, Gaurav Gupta’s structural masterpieces defy gravity. And boredom.
Beirut-based Saudi designer Mohammed Mahmoud Ashi channels vintage glamour and translates it into contemporary designs. His philosophy is to create grand romantic designs that highlight the woman who is wearing them. Sonam Kapoor lists him as one of her all-time favourite labels.
The designers behind the label, Scott Studenberg and John Targon, will have you know that their designs have a global appeal with their mixture of eastern and western sensibilities. Their fan base includes celebrities from Gwen Stefani to Priyanka Chopra.