Marie Claire Image Makers Awards Draw Janelle Monae, Jessica Alba, Cindy Crawford
The second annual awards event honors makeup artists, hair stylists and fashion stylists behind Hollywood's biggest names.
Marie Claire fashion magazine took its turn Tuesday night hosting an awards ceremony in Los Angeles that drew a starry crowd, including Janelle Monae, Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Alba and Kylie Jenner.
The second annual Image Makers awards, held at Catch restaurant in West Hollywood, honored the talent behind Hollywood’s talent — the makeup artists, hair and fashion stylists.
Why host an event like this? “Are you kidding? These people know everything,” said Marie Claire editor-in-chief Anne Fulenwider, joking about how Hollywood's fashion and beauty insiders are the secret source for everything from the latest plastic surgery tips to who is dating whom.
After sipping rose cocktails and nibbling on sushi around the bar, the crowd convened in the dining room for the awards. One of the evening’s highlights was Hidden Figures star Janelle Monae presenting the New Guard: Stylist Award to her stylist Maeve Reilly.
When the two first started working together four years ago, Monae was on vocal rest, so they had to talk fashion in silence. “I had to mouth to her,” the singer/actress said. Apparently, the communication lines were fine; with the help of Reilly, formerly a men’s stylist, Monae was able to create her style persona around menswear. (“I was her first female client,” Monae recalled.)
Later, the songstress had a vision to dress all in black and white, a political sartorial device she developed to “pay homage to my working-class roots.” (Her mom was a janitor, her father a trash man and her stepfather a postal worker.) Reilly was able to translate that, too. "The best stylists are the ones who don't follow trends. They let you be you," Monae said.
Cristina Ehrlich, who styles Anna Kendrick, Brie Larson, Priyanka Chopra and Julia Louis-Dreyfus among others, was also honored. “Stylists are responsible for the look of a brand, which is a celebrity,” said Marie Claire creative director and Project Runway judge Nina Garcia, introducing Ehrlich.
“When I started doing this, we faxed in our requests … and there was no social media,” Ehrlich added. “It was a different game.”
Jennifer Aniston introduced longtime hairstylist Chris McMillan, who created her iconic Rachel cut when she was on Friends, calling him a “true visual artist.” “To the man I’d be lost in the woods without, without whom I’d look lost in the woods,” she joked.
Celebrity makeup artist Daniel Martin picked up the New Guard: Makeup Artist Award from star client and Honest Beauty collaborator Jessica Alba, who recalled the first time they worked together in Paris, the morning after she’d arrived having had too much champagne on the flight, when her eyes were puffy, she was bloated and tired. “He busted out these magic balls, these cool balls to put on my eyes.” It wasn’t the last time Martin saved the day, Alba said.
The evening ended with Cindy Crawford presenting the Icon award to Balmain designer Olivier Rousteing, noting his work advocating for diversity in fashion, and bringing social media into the luxury branding world. Rousteing, who dressed Crawford, Alba and Kylie Jenner for the evening, recalled for guests his humble background as an orphan and thanked his adopted parents. “This award I give to all the kids who believe in their dreams.”