The winners of the Grazia Style Awards 2013 were announced last night (March 26) during a spectacular ceremony held at the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai. The event was hosted by the glamorous Amber Le Bon and Zara Martin - two of the most sought-after talents on today’s global fashion scene, and attended by the region’s fashion industry leaders, retailers, designers, models, celebrities and media.
The evening saw 18 awards presented to the most influential figures and businesses, recognising creative talent and success across all areas of the industry, from designers to retailers and fashion enthusiasts.
“This year has been extraordinary for the Grazia Style Awards. Seeing the region’s fashion industry go from strength to strength is such a tremendous feeling for us. We’re proud to foster and support such a vibrant community and we’re delighted to honour and celebrate the achievements of all of the nominees and winners,” said Elaine Lloyd-Jones, Editor of Grazia Middle East.
The Grazia Style Awards 2013 winners were selected by public voting, a process which was audited by BPA (Business Publications Audit of Circulations).
The highest accolades of the evening were received by Christian Dior, named Best International Designer; Essa, awarded Best Regional Designer for the third consecutive year; and Lady Fozzazza who was presented with the Best Local Designer award.
S*uce scooped the award for Best Boutique; Harvey Nichols and Galleries Lafayette for Best Department Store - Splurge and Best Department Store - Budget, respectively; Dubai Mall for Best Shopping Destination and Net-a-Porter for Best Online Retailer.
This year’s Best Accessory Designer award went to Chanel, while Christian Louboutin was named Best Shoe Designer - Splurge and Aldo Best Shoe Designer - Budget.
The night’s other big winners included H&M, Best Shop to Spend Dhs500; Zara, Best Shop to Spend Dhs1,000; and Marc by Marc Jacobs, Best Shop to Spend Dhs1,500.
Nadya Hasan from Fierce Diaries got top marks as Best Style Blogger and Dana Malhas as Most Stylish Reader.
Two new categories were added to this year’s line-up: Best Regional Accessory Designer, which was awarded to Nadine Kanso for Bil Arabi, and Emerging Talent, which put the spotlight on Marina Qureshi.
A special award went to Amalie Beljafla and Soraya Al Ali who will have the opportunity to showcase their first ready-to-wear collection alongside some of the region’s biggest names, during the first Fashion Forward event held from April 26-29 in Dubai.
The Grazia Style Awards 2013 were sponsored by Audi (Best Regional Designer & Best International Designer), Hong Kong Tourism Board (Most Stylish Reader), Revlon (Best Blogger), KoKo Nails (Best Accessory Designer), Pandora (Best Boutique), DKNY (Best Shopping Destination) and 1915 (Emerging Talent).
Full List of Grazia Style Awards 2013 Winners:
Best Boutique: s*uce
Best Department Store - Splurge: Harvey Nichols
Best Department Store - Budget: Galleries Lafayette
Best Shopping Destination: Dubai Mall
Best Online Retailer: Net-a-Porter
Best Shop to Spend Dhs500: H&M
Best Shop to Spend Dhs1,000: Zara
Best Shop to Spend Dhs1,500: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Best Regional Designer: Essa
Best Local Designer: Lady Fozaza
Best International Designer: Christian Dior
Best Accessory Designer: Chanel
Best Regional Accessory Designer: Nadine Kanso for Bil Arabi
Best Shoe Designer - Splurge: Christian Louboutin
Best Shoe Designer - Budget: Aldo
Best Style Blogger: Nadya Hasan, The Fierce Diaries
Most Stylish Reader: Dana Malhas
Emerging Talent: Marina Qureshi