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Some of the most powerful players in media were feted under one roof on Thursday at the third annual Daily Front Row Fashion Media Awards, but the real piece de resistance for The Hollywood Reporter was their co-president and chief creative office Janice Min winning an award for Best Fashion Issue Of A Non Fashion Magazine. The celebrated issue featured Lady Gaga and her stylist, Brandon Maxwell, on the cover and was shot by Karl Lagerfeld. Each award winner at the Fashion Media Awards, or the FMAs, gets to select their own presenter and Min, who was honored alongside THR‘s senior style writer Merle Ginsberg and style editor Carol McColgin, selected Wiz Khalifa.
“I’m excited [to be here] because I’m honoring such a great person who does such great things for people and she asked me to do it and I was like, whaaaaat!,” Khalifia told us excitedly before the show. The musician and Min were acquainted having worked together on numerous Billboard spreads, but were meeting in person for the first time Thursday evening. “He’s an incredible hybrid of music and style,” said Min. “He just walks this line of music and fashion.” (Albeit, perhaps, not personal hygiene: When we asked the artist his most daring fashion risk, he admitted “I think to stop wearing underwear.”)
“Designers like Riccardo Tisci and Alber Elbaz consider Hollywood award shows one of the best environments to show their Couture collections and we all know that Hollywood has become the world’s biggest and most conspicous runway,” Khalifia said to a room of media and his entertainment peers, including Alan Cumming who was there for Vanity Fair (Scoop of the Year), and Alex Pettyfer for V Man (Men’s Magazine of the Year).
“This award really isn’t for me but for Merle Ginsberg and Carol McColgin,” Min said when she took the stage with both women. “They enable The Hollywood Reporter to make its own fashion statement. As a result of their efforts, intelligence, and taste, The Hollywood Reporter now covers not just the inner workings of Hollywood stylists but red carpets, film festivals, and economic intersections of two interwoven industries. It’s so much fun to talk to them: they can tell you everything from who will be wearing what to next weekend’s Emmys to also explain how Rodeo Drive courts Beverly Hills’ princesses and real Saudi Royals as well. The highlight this year was the Lady Gaga cover, styled by Brandon Maxwell, shot by Karl Lagerfeld, for our most powerful stylists list.”
And Min, like everyone else who got on the stage, was grateful to the Daily for the award, as well as their editor-in-chief, Brandusa NIro. But perhaps Robbie Meyers, editor-in-chief of Elle, who accepted an award for Fashion Magazine of the Year from Anna Kendrick, put it best.
“Brandusa, you’ve built an incredible brand. I’ve figured out your secret,” Meyers said to the whole audience. “When one of your very nice reporters, like Eddie, saddles up to me at a fashion show, and says ‘Hi, I just have a few questions for the Daily’, he has such a light touch, and he’s such a nice reporter that when he walks away, I think, ‘I just told the Daily how much money I have in the bank and where I was the first time I had sex!'”
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