Variety, WWD to Honor Zac Posen, Freida Pinto at Inaugural StyleMakers Event

Variety and WWD will be honoring innovators in entertainment and fashion during our inaugural StyleMakers celebration.

StyleMakers, which will be held on Nov. 19 at Smashbox Studios in Culver City, will recognize the creative behind-the-scenes talent in fashion, beauty and style that made an impact on the entertainment industry in the past year. The innovators have worked both on film and TV, including the shows “Scandal,” “Project Runway” and “Shameless.”

Honorees include fashion designer Zac Posen, style influencer Freida Pinto, costume designer Lyn Paolo, stylist Elizabeth Stewart, hair stylist Jen Atkin, make-up artist Lisa Eldridge and photographer Matthew Rolston.

“I’m humbled and honored to be part of this fantastic array of talents,” Posen said. “It’s remarkable that two epic and innovative publications such as WWD and Variety have come together to celebrate the transformative power of fashiontainment.”

Rolston will also receive the Smashbox Visual Impact Award for his pioneering work in video and film.

“A collaboration with WWD is as natural as the symbiotic relationship between entertainment and fashion,” Variety’s Co-Editor-in-Chief Claudia Eller said. “We are thrilled to partner with our sister publication that has been such a prominent voice in the fashion industry over the decades and together honor these talented individuals.”

StyleMakers is also sponsored by Mercedes-Benz, Ulta Beauty and Fromm International.

“Entertainment and fashion are almost interchangeable today so the collaboration between our two publications is a natural,” said WWD Editor-in-Chief Ed Nardoza. “Designers are celebrities now while actresses and actors are style leaders — sometimes even branded designers. And a costume designer, hair or makeup artist who strikes a chord through a fictional character or a red carpet style can influence the public as powerfully as the runway.”

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