InStyle hosted their second annual InStyle Awards at The Getty Center in Los Angeles on Monday evening, an intimate dinner hosted by newly appointed Editor-in-Chief Laura Brown that was meant to honor the actors, actresses and artists whose style has helped shape the red carpet as we know it, as well as those behind the scenes who help make them look so effortlessly glamorous. The evening was full of big names, both from Hollywood and the runways of Paris, who all gathered together to honor Nicole Kidman, Tom Ford, Priyanka Chopra, Shailene Woodley, Leon Bridges, hairstylist Danilo, makeup artist Sir John, and stylist Leslie Fremar
Honorees Kidman said it was “really sweet” to be celebrated as InStyle‘s Style Icon, but her at-home critics weren’t as impressed: “My kids were like, ‘Where are you going?’ I said, ‘To get a style award.’ They were like, ‘What?’” she joked to People. After all, they are their mom’s most valuable style weapons — when asked if she gives them style advice, Kidman said, “No! They give me it.”
The Oscar winner admitted she’s come a long way from her early days: “My mom made all my clothes when I was a little girl and then when I got bigger I suddenly had people like Lagerfeld and Tom Ford and Alexander McQueen and Galliano making clothes for me and I get to wear those extraordinary things. It’s kind of amazing. That’s like fairytale stuff right?” (It definitely sounds like a dream to us.) And he style has certainly improved from those early days, she says: “It was a train wreck when I was 10, 11, 12…But I was really into chill skirts and ankle boots and all that sort of stuff. So I think I’ve just evolved as I’ve grown up. And now I probably have a far more, I would say, classical style with a bit of a twist.”
Her costar in the upcoming Big Little Lies was also being honored that night for her activism — which was timely, as she was recently arrested for protesting in Montana. “It means a lot, you know this is the first time the InStyle Awards has had an award on behalf of advocacy,” she said. “It just goes to show—because of this election and because of so many issues that are facing not only our country, but our planet—everyone is becoming aware and expanding our consciousness and horizons to include philanthropy in all aspects of our lives … All of these pigeonholes we’ve placed ourselves in for so long, those labels are dissipating because we realize we must come together to make a difference.”
Supermodel Jourdan Dunn was also in attendance, wearing a bright orange David Koma top and tailored slacks, explaining, “I wanted to go for something that would stand out, and this orange piece does that, and I’m kind of into my pants right now so I thought this was easy.” Dunn was at the InStyle Awards to present an award to her good friend, makeup artist Sir John, about whom she said “I’m just so proud to be here and to honor him.”
The model added that although her personal style has undoubtedly been influenced by the, “amazing, talented designers and fabrics and garments” she’s surrounded by every day in her line of work, her biggest style icons are still Victoria Beckham, Beyoncé, and Rihanna (“she’s a risk taker and she always just looks amazing”). As for her biggest fashion faux pas? She admits, “Pedal pushers, yeah. I was really into them.”
Olivia Culpo was also in attendance as Sir John’s date, wearing a Galvan dress, which she chose because “it’s sort of more about the color and simplicity of it that makes it really stand out.” Though it’s a slight step out of the box from her normal red carpet style, it’s still very much in line with her personal aesthetic which she described as, “tailored and classic, plain with modern.” Like Dunn, she’s also a huge fan of Victoria Beckham, as well as Audrey Hepburn and Olivia Palermo.
As far as faux pas go, Culpo says, “I don’t think that there is a such thing as a fashion faux pas. I think that there are no rules when it comes to fashion and it’s an expression of yourself.” Now please explain that to our 12-year-old selves who thought ten pounds of glitter and as many butterflies clips as could fit on our heads was going to be the cool girl look of the millennium.