Influential Australian women (and some men) came together last night at Carriageworks in Sydney for InStyle’s annual Women of Style Awards. The glamorous event celebrated the achievements of women from all different fields, from entertainment to beauty, and on the white carpet actress Claudia Karvan said that was her favourite thing about awards like these — getting to mingle with people outside the film and TV industry. Many celebrities talked about the importance of making sure hard-working, inspirational women were recognised for their work, and also saw it as a great night to catch up with industry friends.
Among the winners honoured last night were Carrie Bickmore (readers’ choice), Rachel Griffiths (entertainment) and Carla Zampatti (fashion). To mark the awards’ fifth anniversary they introduced a Hall of Fame Award, and the inaugural one went to the magazine’s new cover girl, Nicole Kidman, for her continued career and community contributions. Unfortunately Nicole couldn’t attend because she is at the Cannes Film Festival — her mother accepted the award on her behalf — but there was still a star-studded guest list including Kate Waterhouse, Samara Weaving, Charlotte Dawson and Michelle Bridges, who brought along her fellow The Biggest Loser trainer Steve “The Commando” Willis.