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Who has the final word on style in the industry ? Instyle clearly.
The highly anticipated first Instyle Awards dinner was held at the Getty Center in LA, to honor the 'actors, actresses, and artists whose style defines the red carpet, as well as the image makers behind the scenes'. A stream of celebrities arriving made for some serious fashion eye candy, all eager to know who the winners were. Click here to see all their looks.
#1 Style Icon Of The Year - Gwyneth Paltrow
There must have been stiff competition in this category with the likes of newcomer Dakota Johnson and the ever elegant Lupita Nyong'o. This success is most likely in recognition of her style over the years, there is something to be said for consistency in the style world. Confirming her influence in fashion was her appearance at the Valentino couture show in Rome, the only woman wearing the Valentino red and taking pride of place next to Mr. Valentino himself !
#2 Best Dressed Breakthrough - Zoe Kravitz
Zoe Kravitz is the daughter of Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz, what a gene pool ! Zoe oozes with personal style, reminiscent of her mother in the 80s. We can't wait to see more of this talented actress and singer. As for the boyfriend, musician Twin Shadow, we couldn't help notice the uncanny resemblance to her father…
#3 Designer Of The Year - Nicolas Ghesquière
Perhaps we should start with how to pronounce his name, This little known designer shot to fame as the maverick who singlehandedly transformed the ailing Balenciaga brand to cult status in less than two years. The iconic Balenciaga motorcycle bag also courtesy of Ghesquière. Originally deemed too soft and lightweight by the company, Nicolas managed to convince them to produce the bag for the runway only. Kate Moss, a model at the time fell in love with it, and the rest is history.
Today, two years into his tenure at Louis Vuitton, Nicolas is working his magic once again. One of the first things he did for the iconic brand was change the logo. No easy task for a company so entrenched in tradition. The new slanted L, breathing new life and energy into his products.
#4 Make-Up Artist Of The Year - Charlotte Tilbury
Charlotte Tilbury was one of the business' best kept secrets till she launched her eponymous makeup line two years ago. The tell tale signs of her work in many a campaign, a dark smudged 'morning after' eye. Many artists have attempted the highly competitive beauty industry, and dropped off like flies, ultimately they are artists…
Charlotte Tilbury played her cards right, her makeup line, more like an organized system, simply offers 10 personalities, and the products you need to achieve the look.
If there is one product you should own, it's the universally approved 'pink venus' lip liner, soft enough to color in your whole lip, and sticky enough to survive dinner.
#5 Stylist Of The Year - Kate Young
This is one of CIIN's 'I told you so' moments. After the relay of film festivals over the past few months, the winner was clear, Dakota Johnson's stylist was 'IT'. Relentlessly churning out dress after dress for over 6 weeks, as Dakota toured the festivals circuit, promoting her latest movie 'Black Mass'. Always balancing Dakota's personal style, with interesting yet consistent fashion.
#6 Man Of Style - Ansel Elgort
Ansel Elgort, aka Augustus Waters in the movie Fault in Our Stars, is a charming 21 year old, that has clearly taken the style world by storm. His old world elegance, and mature taste in clothing making him stand out from the rest. His good looks and mild manners makes him appealing to many a generation.
#7 Hair Stylist Of The Year - Serge Normant
What do Julia Roberts and Sarah Jessica Parker have in common ? Great hair and the greatest hairstylist in the world, in the form of their BFF. What more could they ask for…
Serge Normant is not just a veteran of the beauty industry. A soft spoken, pot-bellied charming Frenchman, he has created strong bonds with a few of his clients over the years. Julia Roberts took him along to the Oprah show, and SJP is seen out and about with him and her kids. After running from one shoot to the other for over 25 years, Serge settled down and established his John Frieda salon on Madison Avenue . With his own line of hair products too, Serge is probably one of the most talented and genuine men in the beauty industry.