Presented at Istituto Marangoni, Mumbai, “ELLE Graduates 2023” is a distinguished celebration heralding the future of Indian fashion – young and talented next-gen fashion designers. This annual event serves as a platform for recognising and elevating emerging designers while offering them mentorship from seasoned industry stalwarts. One of Fashion’s biggest events which honours new faces and emerging talent, ELLE Graduates 2023 took place on 16th December 2023.

The glorious night unfolded as a sundowner extravaganza, spotlighting our nation’s fashion talents with the opportunity to unveil their sartorial creations. Amidst a myriad of creative events, the spotlight shone on this year’s trailblazers. From digital celebrities to content creators, it was a star-studded event that brought together some of the most talented and stylish divas of the industry.

ELLE India Graduates 2023

The Jury

The event boasts an esteemed panel of industry experts, meticulously selected from leading brands across the nation. Through a rigorous evaluation process, these individuals scrutinised entries in five prominent categories. Prominent fashion luminaries such as Arpita Mehta, Alaya F, Tanya Ghavri, Nachiket Barve, and Nikhil Thampi were part of the jury, combining their talents to carefully curate a showcase that met their exacting standards.

Digital Creators Spotted

The event, which was hosted by the charming Siddhi Karwa, skillfully weaving together a mosaic of winning collections. Amongst the fashionistas in attendance, Barkha Singh, Ruhee Dosani, Anjali Sivaraman, Jason Arland graced the event with their presence.

And as a first, Ankush Bahuguna (@wingitwithankush) walked for Whencut Goddamn as a showstopper “I think the look slayed! Loving every bit of exploring fashion & beauty everyday!” he mentioned in his caption.

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The Noteworthy Winners

Are you even a new-age Bollywood star if you don’t have a photo with Orry? He’s a phenomenon, an enigma and the torchbearer of all things pop culture for the GenZ. He’s living it up and that’s why he is the ELLE Gen Z Trendsetter.

Triptii Dimri is one of the handful of people who can carry whatever she dons with the utmost elegance. The Qala and Animal actor boasts of an unparalleled sense of personal as well as red-carpet style and thus, she’s the ELLE Sartorial Star.

Having started her YouTube channel in 2007 at the age of 13, social media has played a significant role in getting Lisa Mishra where she is today! This ELLE Music Maven has only grown ever since her Tareefan reprise version came out.

Rahil Sayed was crowned the Rising Social Media Star. One look at his Instagram, and it’s hard to believe that he’s self-taught. He proudly represents the LGBTQIA+ community while reppin the melanin-rich South Asians, making the best of his platform.

India has seen some great global representation in the past year, especially in the fashion world. And leading the charge is our ELLE Model of The Year: Nayonikaa Shetty. Represented in India, London, Milan and Paris, she has already stamped her authority on the global runways. Whether modelling jewellery or haute couture, she always brings an element of poise and elegance.

In a sparkling cast studded with star kids – the likes of Khushi Kapoor and Suhana Khan, there was another girl who made us sit up and take notice. Shrouded in mystery, everyone wanted to know, who DOT is. The ELLE Rising Star, Female: Aditi Saigal, a.k.a. DOT has a promising career ahead of her.

We are in awe of all of them! What do you think? Who is your favourite? Let us know in the comments below.