Rising fashion designers worn by Rege-Jean Page, Charlize Theron – The Hollywood Reporter



DzojchenThe big moment came in 2018 when Chadwick Boseman, styled by Ashley Weston, wore a dramatic black and white patterned ensemble at the Asian premiere of Black Panther in Seoul. “It was literally a turning point for us,” says Chelsea founder Scott-Blackhall. “The brand was born out of paradox and duality. I love this synergy between East and West – and not going overboard – but also having nuances. And [Boseman] I get it.” The Singapore-based brand, which also has offices in New York, started out as a denim brand in 2009 before launching its now-iconic kimono suit in 2014. It started to catch the eye of Hollywood with its distinct bespoke tailoring. More recent celebrity moments include Regé-Jean Page on Saturday Night LiveMaluma at last year’s AMAs and silky pajamas for Michael B. Jordan (seen in viral vacation photos).


Before launching his brand in 2009, self-taught designer Nguyen Cong Tri was already a favorite of Vietnamese celebrities. Her US breakout came when Rihanna and Katy Perry embraced her inventive silhouettes, dramatic drapes and intricate cutouts, with Perry enlisting Nguyen to create costumes for her 2017 Witness Tour. In January 2019, Cong Tri debuted at New York Fashion Week. A month later, Kate Bosworth wore a canary yellow and crystal-embellished dress ripped at the vanity lounge Oscar night. Over the past two years, Cong Tri’s A-list moments have grown exponentially to include Beyoncé, styled by Zerina Akers, in gold ruched velvet at the Lion King premiere and Charlize Theron, with Leslie Fremar, in a transparent blouse decorated on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Working regularly with styling duo Wayman + Micah, Nguyen was particularly moved by Kelly Marie Tran wearing Cong Tri twice during her Raya and the last dragon promotional tour. “The drawings reveal the beauty of modern and powerful women. [Her] The ethereal pleated beige silk dress is powerful and luxurious,” says Nguyen, who plans to open flagship stores overseas. “Kelly Marie Tran is an excellent actress and the pride of Asia. Her strength inspires me and embodies the spirit of my creations.


With roots in the Nigerian entertainment and fashion industries, former chief marketing officer Mai Atafo developed her Atafo brand in luxury men’s, women’s and bridal wear collections over the past 15 years – and has become a local style icon himself. Nigerian stars flock to her custom designs for her tailoring expertise, bold color scheme and exquisite embellishments. During Arise Fashion Week in 2019, model Naomi Campbell closed her show. After South African actress Thuso Mbedu, dressed by Wayman + Micah, received her Hollywood Critics Association Award for The Underground Railroad in her red tulle dress, the designer decided to expand her exposure in Hollywood, especially with bespoke menswear. “When we get the chance, we’ll kill him,” Atafo says, adding, “We’re working on a fully hand-beaded velvet tuxedo, and it’s unlike anything I’ve seen there. “

This story first appeared in the September 22 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Click here to subscribe.


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