When you get an invitation to the GQ Men Of The Year Awards, you accept. Always.

I mean the title of the evening says it all. Why wouldn’t you want to be in a room with the nation’s greatest men all dressed up in black tie combined with a sit down dinner, champagne, awards and fantastic performances? Exactly.

I was lucky enough to get invited by the fabulous Chris Sioris, PR Exec for Fitzy & Wippa of Nova FM as a guest of the boys along with a few other peeps from their team. And a HUGE shout out to the boys for winning the GQ Award – Best Duo! #LEGENDS! As always, everything was RIDICULOUSLY last minute – I knew I was going the day before- so there was my usual last minute scramble. But somehow the last minute scramble always creates some magic that I probably couldn’t achieve if I had a week to plan it out!

I got to wear one of my ALL TIME favourite designers, Toni Maticevski who I can very comfortably say, I am obsessed with. Full stop. If you’re not familiar with Toni, take a look at his designs. And like that, you too will become addicted. I had my heart set on a different one of Toni’s creations (for the whole day before – remember – I only knew I was going the day before the event haha) but it didn’t arrive back from a previous loan in time. I ended up taking this baby home to try on and just like that, I fell in love.

I’ve never in my life had so many compliments on a dress as I did this night. And a little surprising to me, the boys loved it even more than the girls. I didn’t think it was a “boys” dress. Basically because it was very covered other than the INCREDIBLE opening in the back. Business in the front  – party in the back 😉 But of course when we’re talking Toni Maticevski, men and woman, dogs and cats and any living breathing thing can’t help but appreciate the incredible work, fabric, creativity and craftsmanship in each of his almost otherworldly designs. And that includes the papers as I was lucky enough to score best dressed for the night by the Daily Telegraph and Courier Mail #BigLoveMaticevski!

I also got to work with the fabulous By Normie for make up for the first time who I absolutely love. I’ve always admired his work and now I’ve put him on speed dial 😉 I love getting my make up done. There is nothing better than looking like you just rolled out of bed (because you really did just roll out of bed) and getting to sit in a chair while someone like Normie works his magic and leaves you looking and feeling like a rockstar. The incredibly talented and my dear friend Natalie Anne worked her magic on my mane. I’ve worked with Nat on numerous occasions for red carpet and events. What I love just as much as her amazing work is that I usually go to see her in a franatic frazzle, last minute, with more than one dress option and not knowing what I want to wear or what to do with my hair or blah blah blah. Nat is the honest voice of reason (aswell as my sister) that will straight out say “Babe, no, that looks like something my mum would wear”. “Or OMG that’s hot!” Thanks Nat, I love ya xx

 

So over to the incredible men and ladies of the evening. Other than the uber sexy guests, here is a list of the awards and winners of the night.

**GQ MEN OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS**

INTERNATIONAL MAN OF THE YEAR
Dave Franco

MAN OF INFLUENCE
Ian Thorpe

WOMAN OF THE YEAR
Cheyenne Tozzi

MAN OF CHIVALRY
Hugh Evans

ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Jason Clarke

MEN OF STYLE
Jordan and Zac Stenmark

BREAKTHROUGH ACTOR
Brenton Thwaites

CREATIVE FORCE
Animal Logic

SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR
Daniel Ricciardo

AGENDA SETTER
Clive Palmer

LEGACY
Gough Whitlam

BAND OF THE YEAR
The Preatures

FOOD FORCE
Matt Moran

BREAKTHROUGH SPORTSMAN
Nick Kyrgios

ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
Nick Palumbo

COMEDY FORCE
Christiaan van Vuuren & Nick Boshier

DOUBLE ACT
Fitzy & Wippa

LEGEND
INXS

MEDIA PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR
Sabour Bradley 

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Vincent Fantauzzo

CRITIC OF THE YEAR
Neale Whitaker

TV ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Don Hany

DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
Strateas.Carlucci

SOCIAL FORCE OF THE YEAR
Love Your Sister

We had an absolute ball and kicked on to the after party held at the Ivy Den. Sure it was adventurous for a school night, but it was such a great event and night – so feeing a little dusty the next day was totes worth it!

amber rose red carpet

Wearing: Toni Maticevski
Hair: Natalie Ann Hair
Make-Up: By Normie

Photographs not taken myself are via GQ Australia & Courier Mail


Sussan Mourad GQ Men of The Year Awards