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Nina Dobrev: 'Zuhair Murad gives me confidence'

Nina Dobrev wants to feel comfortable in the spotlight as red carpets are “very scary”.

Nina Dobrev felt an instant boost of confidence when wearing Zuhair Murad at her first big showbiz event.

The Vampire Diaries actress is no stranger to wowing on the red carpet these days, recently stunning in a white mini dress with long sleeves and a peplum skirt at Variety and WWD’s second annual Stylemakers awards. She presented designer Murad with an award at the event and admits she’s a big fan of the famed fashion star.

“I’ve worn Zuhair more times than I can count on the carpet for premieres, for awards shows,” she told WWD. “My first very big awards show I wore Zuhair and the Emmys is a very, very scary intimidating carpet to be on for the first time for any young person. I remember putting the dress on and instantly feeling confident.”

Another name honoured at the event was costume designer Albert Wolsky, who was given his accolade by Lily Collins. The actress dons his pieces in ‘50s-set Hollywood flick Rules Don’t Apply and she shared her awe for the Oscar-winning clothes expert, whose previous credentials include Grease, You’ve Got Mail and Runaway Bride.

“He is a phenomenon,” she Lily gushed. “He helped create what is ‘Grease’ among many other films, but he really is such an incredible human being. He’s a dear friend of mine and I couldn’t be prouder... Costume designers help inform a character. They help create the way a character moves and who that person is in general. The way that you feel as a character changes according to what outfits you wear.”

Entourage star Emmanuelle Chriqui echoed Lily’s words on how important such artists are to creating an authentic look on the screen. She finds herself inspired by their work too and is more willing to be creative with her appearance thanks to their suggestions.

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