It was a motley crew that attended the Daily Front Row’s third annual Fashion Los Angeles Awards inside the Terrace Room at the Sunset Tower Hotel on Sunday evening, but the one thing the attendees had in common was their collective star power.
The click-bait crowd was composed of fashion royalty (Kim Kardashian, V magazine's Stephen Gan, photographer Mert Alas), pop stars (Nicki Minaj, Fergie, and the evening's emcee, Nick Jonas), Hollywood vets (Lee Daniels, Ashton Kutcher), models (Stella Maxwell, Hailey Baldwin, Lily Aldridge) and the perhaps the hottest group of the moment, the beautiful millennial children of celebrities (Kaia and Presely Gerber (with parents Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber), Anwar Hadid, Brandon Thomas Lee).
The immense reach of the crowd was a fact not lost on Paris Jackson, who scooped up the emerging talent award. “Do you guys realize the impact that everyone in this room has?" she said during her acceptance speech (which she gave while barefoot, having kicked aside her Sophia Webster sandals), gesturing at the front row. "We have to f—in’ use it, we have to.”
The 19-year-old daughter of Michael Jackson, who landed a role in Daniels’ Fox series Star and was recently signed by IMG, continued, "I know I’m still super green and super young, but I’m very excited for what’s to come. As I accept this award I have to make a promise to everybody in this room, that from this day forward, every step that I take and every decision that I make is with love in my heart and with hope to get one more step ahead in fighting the good fight."
Jackson’s words were well-received by the crowd, who got riled up at as she closed with, “Let’s stick together and stick it to the man!” The budding talent, who wore a Naeem Khan mini for the awards, has burst onto the scene in the past six months, not only landing the covers of Rolling Stone, Harper's Bazaar and Carine Roitfeld's CR Fashion Book, but also making a splash as an activist, memorably condemning President Trump's plans to move forward with the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline while presenting at the Grammys.
There were a few other notable moments throughout the 90-minute presentation, including Kardashian's admission that for the first two years of their relationship she mispronounced Mert Alas' first name (it's pronounced "Matt"), and Gerber's anecdote about his parents having to bribe him as a child in order to take his photo. Then there was Ashton Kutcher's rather circuitous, ramble-y speech in praise of his stylist, Samantha McMillen. However it was Minaj who got the crowd going once again with her own two cents on fame.
"We win and fail in the public eye," she said as the audience whooped in agreement after being welcomed to the stage by Fergie. "That's not easy to do — but people think it's the easiest thing in the world. Everyone wants to walk in your shoes until you put them in your shoes. … But it takes guts — it takes balls to read shitty comments about yourself every f—ing day and do it with a smile on your face."
See the rest of the winners below:
Creative of the Year: Mert Alas, presented by Kim Kardashian
Emerging Talent: Paris Jackson, presented by Lucky Blue Smith
Best Design Debut: Gigi Hadid (not in attendance) for Tommy Hilfiger, presented by Trey Laird
Model of the Year: Stella Maxwell, presented by Lily Aldridge and Victoria's Secret's Edward Razek
Designer of the Year: Jonathan Saunders for DVF, presented by Dree Hemingway
Women's Stylist of the Year: Karla Welch
Men's Stylist of the Year: Samantha McMillen
Visionary Award: Stephen Gan, presented by Lee Daniels
Fashion Rebel: Nicki Minaj, presented by Fergie
Emerging Model: Presley Gerber, presented by Hailey Baldwin
Mother of the Year: Yolanda Hadid, presented by IMG President Ivan Bart