Meet the designers behind Priyanka Chopra and Alia Bhatt’s best red carpet looks
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In between trying to figure out the identity of Jason Blossom’s murderer and catching up on the Twitter controversy du jour, we continued our quest to achieve maximum ‘celebrity-induced envy’ (CIE is a legit medical condition that has no known cure because scientists are busy trying to figure out if life exists on Mars and other pointless things). This week, celebrities served us some high-octane glamour, with Priyanka Chopra stepping out in a J. Mendel gown and Sonakshi Sinha channelling her inner pop/rock star in a Falguni and Shane Peacock number.
While we battle the fast-growing effects of CIE (they include an unexplained urge to scroll, months-deep, into celebrity Instagram feeds and occasional bouts of uncontrollable whimpering), update your fashion lexicons with the designers behind our favourite celebrity looks of the week.
Priyanka Chopra to Sonkashi Sinha, our favourite glamorous celebrity looks of the week
In order to spot a Falguni and Shane Peacock number, look for the dress that makes a statement without the aid of any accessories. The feathers and sequins they love to feature in their collections also make their pieces hard to miss. Their edgy garments, that offer a contrast between fluidity and severity, have been known to catch the eye of celebrities like Rihanna, Katy Perry, Fergie and Jennifer Lopez, who have worn their creations both on and off stage. Their recent high point comes from having one of their designs feature in Beyonce’s Formation video.
Established in 1870 in St. Petersburg, the label enjoyed a long history of dressing Russian royalty in exquisite furs before they relocated to Paris following the Russian Revolution. With a background of extensive technical knowledge, founder Jacques Mendel continued serving his Parisian clientele in a way that they had never seen before. It was in 1995, when the label opened its flagship store in the US, that his son Gilles Mendel diversified their offerings to fabrics other than fur. He did not let go of the raw material entirely and decided to explore using fur as a fabric, establishing it as a signature of the label. Their ultra-feminine designs feature a unique mix of materials, often mixing fur with leather and luxurious cashmere.
We have lost count of all the times we’ve seen and loved Sonam Kapoor in an Anamika Khanna creation. Whether it’s on the red carpet at Cannes or at a friend’s wedding, the actress has worn the designer's creations more than any of her contemporaries. Anamika favours traditional Indian embroidery and fabric, but crafts them into contemporary silhouettes that defy expectations. You can thank her for the introduction of ‘dhoti pants’ to the masses.
One of the designers working hard to revive traditional Indian techniques and craftsmanship , Anju Modi gained serious millennial cred when she created award-winning costumes for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Ram Leela and Bajirao Mastani, both epic in scale and popularity. The designer doesn’t shy away from the grandeur and luxury of Indian fabrics and surface embellishment techniques.
Dior’s SS17 collection marked the debut of Maria Grazia Chiuri as the creative director of the fashion house. She is the first female creative head of storied label that has stood by its definition of femininity (read: classic French). Chiuri introduced Dior’s modern take on the aesthetic, claiming that there’s more than one type of woman. The collection, subsequently, featured a mix of fencing jackets, romantic silhouettes, abundance of tulle and faded slogan tees.