The dates for Hollywood’s highest honors may have shifted this year, but awards season anticipation still remains high among both filmgoers and fashion lovers. Long cocktail dresses with sleeves With Oscar nominations announced, the Grammys set for April, and a slew of other cinema and music events on the horizon, expect to see a surge in show-stopping red carpet fashion, whether the ceremonies are conducted in person or in a virtual format.
And while 2022’s reimagined calendar may be keeping everyone on their toes, it also presents an opportunity for celebrities and their glam squad teams to think outside the box. Established luxury houses will be sure to make their presence felt during the many major events that will occur in the coming weeks, but there’s also a wealth of fresh talent whose creations deserve the spotlight. Young designers have been enlivening celebrity wardrobes during their off-duty and Instagram moments—and now, they’re ready for their closeup.
Below, find 17 labels that are more than ready to reshape the red carpet in 2022, and in doing so, help to create a more diverse, glamorous, and most of all exciting awards season.
One of London fashion’s brightest young stars, Maximilian Davis already has plenty of standout red carpet looks to his name. Back in June, the striking black and red gown he made for Michaela Coel turned heads at the BAFTAs thanks to its minimalist design and daring backless silhouette, while Dua Lipa opted for one of his dresses at the British Fashion Awards in November, describing him as one of her “favorite young British designers.” With clothes that celebrate Black excellence, his Trinidadian roots, and the innate beauty of the human form, Davis’ label will be sure to continue garnering attention from celebrities this awards season.
Vietnamese-American designer Bach Mai has an illustrious fashion pedigree. A graduate of Parsons and Institut Français de la Mode, he honed his skills at Oscar de La Renta and Maison Margiela before debuting his eponymous line in 2021. Mai’s expertise in couture is evidenced in his dresses, which merge old-world techniques with a modern sensibility. Each gown he creates is exquisite. Dresses for winter formal Whether your favorite is a slinky bias-cut look in velvet with the texture of liquid metal or a sculptural halter dress with a voluminous skirt, there’s no denying that his creations captivate. Early adopter Tessa Thompson wore several of his designs during her press tour for Passing—here’s hoping it will inspire her peers, too.
There’s a reason Edvin Thompson took home the CFDA’s American Emerging Designer of the Year award in 2021. The Jamaican-born designer’s pieces have a bombastic energy that comes through on his runway, but equally so when celebrities wear them. His spring 2022 collection paid homage to his Afro-Caribbean roots by reimagining Rastafari iconography. At the Met gala, Thompson’s versatility was on display thanks to the regal embellished white suit he created for model Alton Mason and the fiery fringed number he whipped up for sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson. Both looks were imaginative and appropriately over the top, bringing the kind of excitement the red carpet needs more of.
Any designer who gets the Jennifer Lopez seal of approval has done something right, and the 25-year-old London-based designer Grace Ling has already earned a place in the superstar’s repertoire of sexy performance looks. Long sleeve white dress maxi When Lopez took the stage on The Tonight Show last week, she wore a custom cropped leather blazer, bralette, and draped skirt all designed by Ling. Lopez’s dream team of stylists, Mariel Haenn and Rob Zangardi, think highly of the Singapore-born designer’s wares. Still, exposure on the nation’s most popular late-night program—plus buzzy Instagram account Up Next Designer—should put her on every stylist’s radar.