Fashion awards are nothing new, but Monday night delivered a brand new set for a stylish crowd in Los Angeles with the inaugural InStyle Awards. The mag made use of the majestic Getty Museum and its schedule (closed on Mondays) to host an intimate dinner for a slew of A-listers.
Honors (in the form of trophies designed by fashion illustrator Donald Robertson) went to Gwyneth Paltrow (Style Icon), Nicolas Ghesquiere (Designer), Zoe Kravitz (Breakthrough Style Star), Ansel Elgort (Man of Style), Serge Normant (Hairstylist), Charlotte Tilbury (Makeup Artist) and Kate Young (Stylist). Others in attendance included Julia Roberts, Kate Hudson, Michelle Williams, Kim Kardashian, Selena Gomez, Miranda Kerr, Alessandra Ambrosio, Dakota Johnson, Emmy Rossum and InStyle editorial director Ariel Foxman.
But more interesting than a tip sheet of names was the conversation on the red carpet. We asked the famous guests to divulge their personal definition of what it means to have great style. The answers are just as good as the style we saw on the red carpet.
“I don’t know if it’s as much about the aesthetic as it is about the person; how they hold themselves and what they represent and how consistent they are. It’s an all-encompassing thing, and somebody either has it or they don’t. You can see it from a mile away, and it just shoots out at you. It’s incredibly magnetic. It’s the sight that we just saw [pointing in the direction of where Gwyneth Paltrow was standing].” – Kate Hudson (in Giles)
“It’s so individual. There are a lot of people who I admire and who look good, but I could never wear what they are putting on. Having good style is so not a fashion thing. It’s wearing a dress but not being worn by the dress. It’s easy to say, but there are no formulas. I don’t like to see the same dress over and over or the same color.” – Diane Kruger (in Preen)
“Good style has to change and evolve all the time. The worst thing is to be very definitive like saying, ‘This is good,’ and ‘This is bad.’ Everything can be transformed so there is no one definition. No restraint.” – Nicolas Ghesquiere
“It’s about feeling comfortable. Fashion and style comes from the inside out. If you are representing who you want to be, then you are looking the best you can ever look.” – Zoe Kravitz (in Calvin Klein)
“The best style to me is the person who doesn’t have to try too hard but still looks like she spent a lot of time doing it. It comes easy. It doesn’t have to be a ball gown, it can be the best pair of jeans with a great pair of flats or a cardigan or a leather jacket and that’s it. That’s great style. Someone who looks good on duty and off duty.” – Rachel Zoe (in Rachel Zoe Collection dress and David Webb jewelry)
“When you’re sort of happy on the inside, when you’re feeling good about yourself and centered, all the goodness comes out on the outside.” – Jen Meyer
“It’s like … panache. I like style that feels unafraid and yet effortless. Not trying too hard but yet there’s a quality of living and creativity that shines through.” – Lisa Bonet (in Valentino)
“Good style for me is something that really fits your personality. It’s also a comfort level that the person needs to have.” – honoree, hairstylist Serge Normant
“Good style is about confidence. It doesn’t matter if you’re wearing Zara or Celine, as long as you own it, you look amazing. And less is more. That’s what I think good style is — not playing a part but just being yourself.” – Jen Atkin (in vintage Yves Saint Laurent jacket with a Saint Laurent cross-body bag and Gianvito Rossi shoes)
“The best style is somebody who puts on a look that is authentic and genuine and outshines the look. I love someone who has an innate sense of style.” – Monique Lhuillier (in Monique Lhuillier)
“You either have it or you don’t (laughs). And if you have it, you can literally wear a sack and look fabulous. Style is not something you can buy, it just comes with how you turn a collar, play with the shirt, or accessorize. It’s the way you wear something.” – honoree, makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury
“I was born into fashion because both my mom and dad work in fashion, and I grew up in that world. I’ve learned to wear different things. I wear big designers but also H&M, Zara and Topshop. I love mixing. For red carpets, you can’t always do that, but even tonight, I brought a Balmain for H&M jacket with me. I like that. You can mix and still feel good and comfortable.” – actress Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz
“It is about really knowing what works for you and owning that. Especially as I get older and with a child, I have less time for myself, so the things that have stuck around are the things that I’ve identified that work best for me, my body type and my life. It’s about that and really investing in that. Getting the best white button down shirt, for example, and really taking care of your pieces.” – Eva Amurri Martino (in Tory Burch)
“Best style is feeling comfortable with what you’re wearing. It’s not so much about the clothes as it is the attitude. It’s how the clothes make you feel. Every time I get dressed up I always go for what makes me feel my best.” – fashion blogger Chiara Ferragni (in Louis Vuitton)
“Having good style is being confident and owning what you wear. You can follow trends if you like it, but you’re wearing the clothes you’re wearing. When I’m wearing something I love, I get a lot of compliments, but it doesn’t matter what you wear because it’s all opinion. It’s the way you wear it.” – actress Odeya Rush