A celebration of the future of Indian fashion, Istituto Marangoni presents ELLE Graduates 2022 in association with Crocs, is an annual event held to recognise India’s young and upcoming designers. Acting as a platform for emerging talent, it gives homegrown brands a chance to showcase their creations and be mentored by the best minds in the industry.Meet our winners for ELLE Graduates 2022
Designer of the Year – Ready To Wear (Western)
Our winner of Designer of the year Western, AKHL aims to craft evocative pieces by contemporising traditional hand-crafting techniques. Their designs are all rooted in the development of distinctive and complex textiles and are engineered using unconventional materials and a wide range of processes.
Designer of the Year – Ready To Wear (Indian)
THE OPAL TRIBE
The brand places the confluence of tradition and trends into the spotlight of the current fashion language. They delve deep into the roots of cultures and authentic practices of crafts that are dwindling and infuse them with the hype of today, creating a lasting style that resonates with the youth. Their products are a statement of memorabilia of the past, modified for the present and a promise of transformation in the future.
Designer of the Year – Fashion Accessories & Jewellery
The brand’s jewellery collections are designed to be comfortable, compact and complete as they should be while stretching beyond what is deemed conservative, conventional and compulsory. ‘NO.NA.MÉ’s unique identity comes from its design language that uses modular, detachable elements that, when combined interchangeably, create multiple wearable design creations.
Designer of the Year – Menswear
The brand embarked on its journey into the business of fashion in October 2019. With thought-provoking narratives around the military, it takes a contemporary approach to design while preserving the artisanal strength of the Indian craftsman. Countrymade’s core philosophy is to integrate the responsible selection of natural textiles into the ethical production of conscious products.
Designer of the Year – Sustainable wear
Terra Tribe, as a brand, designs contemporary clothing for people who are mindful of their impact on the planet. The brand focuses immensely on the longevity of clothing, thereby reducing carbon footprints. Their collections are timeless, minimal, chic and everyday classics and the collections are 100 per cent plant-based and cruelty-free, approved by PETA.
PEOPLE CATEGORY AWARDS
Zarine Manchanda is much more than a style icon. Known as the “princess of the poor” and the “mother of millions”, she is an award-winning philanthropist, CEO of a successful Mumbai-based charity, founder of a seven star cafe, the regional director of the BRICS Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the recipient of numerous national and international awards, including the Nelson Mandela Peace Award.
Impactful Fashion Entrepreneur
Founded in 2014, Isha Jajodia, the founder of the elegant fashion label ‘Rose Room’ has come a long way. Today, her brand stands for elegance, style and a strong sense of individuality. The brand has dressed some of the most well-known leading ladies of Bollywood, like Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Alia Bhatt, Kiara Advani and many more.
Face To Watch Out For
In a world full of stereotypical beauty standards, Subiksha Shivakumar is paving her own path. The model has a massive Gen Z fan base whom she inspires to go all out and express themselves through the power of makeup and style.
Photographer Of The Year
If a picture is worth a thousand words, Vansh Virmani has stories that would make for an interesting novel. His talent for thinking out of the box is what makes him a truly marvellous photographer.
Social Media Star
Sakshi Sindhwani cannot be put in a box and is constantly challenging archaic societal standards. She uses her platform to advocate self-love and body positivity while inspiring her huge following to make fashion work for them.
Stylist Of The Year
Serving some of the best celebrity looks of this year, Chandini Whabi has dressed everyone from Sonam Kapoor Ahuja to Disha Patani. A favourite with the stars, she’s coveted for her aesthetics and for putting together looks that have everyone talking.
Entertainer Of The Year
Be it his power-packed performances or his unconventional sense of fashion, Vijay Varma has proved time and again that his versatility, style, and persona sets him apart from his peers. He is at the top of his game with hit movies like Darlings, Gully Boy, Pink and more under his belt.
Style Icon (Male)
Rohit Saraf has charmed his way into people’s hearts with his chocolate boy vibe. Often called the Internet’s favourite boyfriend, his sweet persona has audiences hooked to his shows. His Gen Z sense of dressing has everyone turning to his profile to create interesting looks.
Style Icon (Female)
With bold choices both on-screen and off-screen, Sayani Gupta has proven to be an unconventional style icon for many reasons. She’s powerful, striking, and not afraid to be who she is.
A huge star in the south film industry and a well-established name in Bollywood, Tamannaah Bhatia is an unstoppable force who has proven that nothing is impossible when you put your mind to it. We love that she is a go-getter!