The evening began with a beautiful cocktail reception on the Getty Museum Terrace in Los Angeles, Calif., with fashion industry insiders and celebrity guests sipping glasses of champagne and exclusive cocktails.
And that was just the beginning. Guests dined on arugula salads topped with delicata, apple, pomegranate, and walnut to start, followed by flat iron steaks paired with potato, onion, bordelaise, and parmesan truffle fondue; mouth-watering blueberry brown butter tarts for dessert.
The evening was filled with heartwarming moments kicking off with Julia Roberts nearly tearing up as she talked about her friendship with Hair Artist of the Year Serge Normant (watch the video to see this moment and more below). “I think he’s honestly a truly perfect human being, and I know it’s not all about our hair and looking gorgeous, but there are days that that is all it’s about, and I’m just glad that on those days, the person who’s there for me is the person that’s often there for me, not when I just need to look nice and presentable,” she said.
Meanwhile a very pregnant Kim Kardashian, who was on hand to present makeup guru Charlotte Tilbury with the Makeup Artist of the Year Award, glowed as she posed for photos with friends in a white cape Valentino dress with her baby bump on full display.
“I’ll keep it short because my heartburn just kicked in,” the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star said as she took the stage to present the award to Tilbury. “I first fell in love with her when she first confessed to me that her husband has never seen her without makeup on,” she continued. “True story, she sleeps in her makeup every single night.”
Hudson and Paltrow gave everyone #tableenvy as they spent the evening chatting and sipping Sancerre during their epic girls' night out.
Lisa Bonet and Breakthrough Style Star Zoe Kravitz also stepped out for the evening’s festivities, as did Man of Style Ansel Elgort and Stylist of the Year Kate Young. When the event wrapped up, guests stuck around a bit longer with Gomez, Williams and Ghesquiere toasting before they called it a night. Hudson kissed friends goodbye and said “so much fun!” as she left. We’ll consider this night a giant success. See more photos and moments from inside the InStyle Awards here.
—With reporting by Brandi Fowler