It’s been awards season for Ariana DeBose.

the West Side Story The star swept the awards circuit for her gripping performance as Anita in Steven Spielberg’s acclaimed revival of the Broadway classic – after winning a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Golden Globe and, this weekend, a BAFTA and a Critics’ Choice Award. For its double day of awards, DeBose and its stylist duo Zadrian and Sarah wanted to pay homage to Anita and DeBose’s own AfroLatina roots, so they selected ensembles from Carolina Herrera and Oscar de la Renta, two brands founded by Latinx designers.

“It’s so rare in your professional life that you can be your full self and be seen and embraced. A lot of this season has been about celebrating different parts of my identity. That seems to be the whole theme not just of this weekend, but from my West Side Story travel and my fashion journey as well,” says DeBose. “So it was really nice to pay homage to the creators of Latinx this weekend, because that’s a big part of who I am. Let’s be honest, Hispanics rule.”

For the Critics Choice Awards, DeBose wore Look 41 from Carolina Herrera’s Fall 2022 collection, an ensemble she saw parade in person earlier this year that she immediately knew needed to be part of her wardrobe. awards season.

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“Unlike perhaps other awards season moments we’ve worked on in the past, this collaboration has come together so wonderfully organically. Both brands are ones that Ariana has been an ardent fan of since the whole beginning of his press tour for West Side Story“says Zadrian Smith.

“Which led her to attend the Carolina Herrera show with me in New York in person, and when she saw that golden yellow dress walking down the runway, she grabbed my hand and squeezed it!” adds Sarah Edmiston.

As for the BAFTAS, DeBose and his style team went the custom route, enlisting Oscar de la Renta’s Fernando Garcia for another yellow number that paid homage to Anita.

“The Oscar de la Renta custom dress was born over a drink and a beautiful creative conversation with designer Fernando Garcia,” Smith said. “When you work with such iconic fashion houses, the process is so collaborative. They really bring a client’s ethos and identity to life, and the team sent over six stunning custom and well-designed sketches. Sure, the one we picked is what you’ll see on the BAFTA mat.”

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DeBose’s two standout looks this weekend were more than just creating a red carpet moment. For the actress and her fashion team, the flash awards marathon was an opportunity to reiterate the impact of Latinx creatives in Hollywood, the fashion industry and beyond.

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“Today was our time to connect with Ariana’s identity as an Afro-Latin woman and celebrate how powerful and formative Anita’s role has been for girls and women who look like Ari.” , Edmiston said.

Smith echoed that sentiment, adding, “We picked two [Latinx founded brands] who share Ariana’s values ​​and our values. Then we started thinking about the designs themselves and we had done absolutely nothing in Anita’s color palette throughout the tour.” The red and yellow detailing on the dress was a link to the costume of Anita in the film, originally conceptualized by costume designer Paul Tazewell, according to the stylists. Says Smith, “We hope it was a subtle nod to the film that brought her to this moment.”

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