A celebration of the future of Indian fashion, Istituto Marangoni presents ELLE Graduates 2022 in partnership with Crocs, an annual event held to recognize India’s young and emerging designers. Acting as a platform for emerging talent, it gives homegrown brands the chance to showcase their creations and is mentored by the brightest minds in the industry. Meet our winners for ELLE Graduates 2022
Designer of the Year – Ready to Wear (Western)
AKHLOur Designer of the Year Western winner, AKHL strives to create evocative pieces by modernizing traditional handicraft techniques. Their designs are all rooted in the development of distinctive and complex textiles and are designed using unconventional materials and a wide variety of processes.
Designer of the Year – Ready to Wear (Indian)
THE OPAL TRIBEThe brand puts the confluence of tradition and trends in the spotlight of the current fashion language. They delve deep into the roots of cultures and authentic practices of crafts that are dwindling and imbue them with today’s hype, creating an enduring style that resonates with youth. Their products are a statement of memorabilia from the past, adapted for the present and a promise of transformation in the future.
Designer of the Year – Fashion Accessories and Jewellery
NO.NA.MÉ The brand’s jewelry collections are designed to be comfortable, compact and complete as they should be, while going beyond what is considered conservative, conventional and mandatory. NO.NA.MÉ’s unique identity stems from its design language that uses modular, detachable elements that, when combined interchangeably, create multiple wearable design creations.
Designer of the Year – Menswear
COUNTRYMADE The brand began its journey into the fashion world in October 2019. With thought-provoking stories about the military, it takes a contemporary approach to design while retaining 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 Clothing
TERRA TRIBE As a brand, Terra Tribe designs contemporary clothing for people who are aware of their impact on the planet. The brand focuses heavily on the longevity of clothing, reducing its carbon footprint. Their collections are timeless, minimal, chic and everyday classics and the collections are 100 percent plant-based and cruelty-free, approved by PETA.
PERSONS 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 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 Bollywood’s most famous leading ladies such as Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Alia Bhatt, Kiara Advani and many more.
Face to watch out for
In a world full of stereotyped beauty standards, Subiksha Shivakumar blazes her own trail. The model has a huge Gen Z fan base that inspires her to pull out all the stops and express herself 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 outside the box makes him a truly amazing photographer.
Social media star
Sakshi Sindhwani cannot be pigeonholed and constantly challenges archaic societal norms. 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
With some of this year’s best celebrity looks, Chandini Whabi has dressed everyone from Sonam Kapoor Ahuja to Disha Patani. A favorite with the stars, she is coveted for her aesthetic and for putting together looks that everyone is talking about.
Entertainer of the Year
Be it his powerful performances or his unconventional fashion sense, Vijay Varma has proven time and time again that his versatility, style and personality sets him apart from his peers. He is on top with hit films like Darlings, Gully Boy, Pink and more to his name.
Style icon (male)
Rohit Saraf has carved his way into people’s hearts with his chocolate boy vibe. Often referred to as the internet’s favorite boyfriend, his sweet personality has an audience hooked on his shows. His Gen Z dress sense makes everyone turn to his profile to create interesting looks.
Style Icon (Woman)
With bold choices both on screen and off screen, Sayani Gupta has proven to be an unconventional style icon for many reasons. She is powerful, striking and unafraid to be who she is.
Tamannaah Bhatia, a major star of the southern film industry and an established name in Bollywood, is an unstoppable force who has proven that nothing is impossible if you put your mind to it. We love that she is a go-getter!