INSTYLE + AUDI // Women of Style Awards
We at @SamanthaWillsOfficial are pretty excited to be a nominee in the @INSTYLEmag AND @Audi Women of Style Awards, in the business category.
When I was starting out, I would follow these awards religiously, I would tear out the pages of the nominees, the glamorous event, and then the winners out of the magazine. I would pin them on a board above the dining table I was making jewellery from.
I was in my very early 20's , and seeing these incredible, accomplished and established women (specifically the Fashion and Business nominees) in the glossy pages proved equal parts inspiration, and intimidation.
Inspiration because it was the dream to have a brand that people loved, and at the very pinnacle, to have it recognized by the industry.
Intimidation because I would (in my young naivety and impatience) compare my Chapter 1 to their Chapter 20. Intimidation of how polished, and successful they were. A glitterati that would appear flawlessly and fabulously in every weekends social pages.
I felt like they were born into the fashion world Vs me trying to forge my way in. I didn't have a fashion degree that I could flash to at least give me some tertiary credence, I wasn't a cool fashion girl and definitely was not hanging out at any cool hot spots after dark. They were well travelled and probably spoke 17 different languages fluently, at the time I hadn't even been to Melbourne. I had absolutely no sense of style to speak of, and they were effortlessly stylish, and comfortably cool. I, to paraphrase Carrie Bradshaw, was Patchouli, and they CHANEL.
In a time before the internet held people's story, (+ your mothers maiden name, blood type and flat lay of your brunch pancakes), the information for aspirating designers was through magazine profiles, and without having to subject myself to the humiliation of trying to get into a world that was so far out of my league, and incredibly intimidating to me, I kept a comfortable distance from the industry, through the pages of magazines.... (Continued in comments below)