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Style Suite Shows That Americans Don't Have a Monopoly on Glitz

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Week before last, we went to a styling suite that, in an unplanned but totally apropos move, showcased a slew of Middle Eastern designers. The idea was to present their wares to stylists and VIPS with the hopes of luring celebs to pick a gown for one of the big awards shows.

There was a lot of talent. And serious glamour. The looks ranged from feminine and bridal-appropriate (lots of tulle, delicate beading, and pastel) to?well, the best way to describe a few of the creations is they look like costumes for a Broadway musical version of Dante's Inferno, with Lady Gaga playing Beatrice. (And we mean that in a good way.) Our favorites included Ashi, who made unexpected use of feathers and netting, and Indian designer Ayesha Depala. (Yes, we know, India is not technically the Middle East.) Her gowns weren't ultra-novel or unexpected, but they blended elements of traditional saris with Dynasty-glitz and cuts that were both body-con and forgiving.

In terms of matchmaking between designers and starlets, the suite was an obvious success: at last night's Grammy ceremony, a few of the creations graced the frames of Eva Longoria, Katy Perry, Anna Nalick, Natasha Bedingfield, Giuliana Rancic and Naya Rivera. This much momentum means we're sure to see more of these designers at the Oscars.
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