By InStyle Staff
Updated Feb 23, 2012 @ 3:35 pm
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Celebrities love Lorena Sarbu! It's only been three years since the Romanian-born, New York-based designer launched her first eveningwear collection, and her creations have already become red-carpet favorites, appearing on Carrie Underwood, Emma Stone, Heather Morris, Miranda Lambert, and more. "The woman I design for is ambitious, she's confident, she's determined," Sarbu told InStyle.com at her fall 2012 fashion show. "But she's also authentic, she's not afraid to show emotion. In fact, I welcome that to my designs. I want to translate this femininity and this toughness." The mix is clear in Sarbu's delicate gowns teamed with serious embellishments, and intricately beaded dresses with gutsy, up-to-there hemlines. Getting ready for a big event yourself? Heed her advice when choosing an outfit: "Just listen to your instincts." See who else loves Sarbu's designs in the gallery—we could be seeing something of hers at the Oscars this Sunday!

Caitlin Petreycik, with reporting by Rose Walano