Spotted from the Backseat: P&G Beauty & Grooming Awards 2012 Edition

Yours truly with presenters Glen Baxter and Hans Koechling and host Rob Lowe

On November 19, the 2012 edition of the P&G Beauty & Grooming Awards were held at The Carlu in Toronto. Hosted by the extremely handsome actor and Brat Pack member Rob Lowe, the Awards brought together the biggest names in the Canadian beauty, grooming and fashion industries to honour the year’s best print and online content in 19 categories.

Stacey McKenzie and Jully Black

Assisting Lowe (who was kissed on by all the ladies who graced the stage and was a good sport about it) in presenting the Tiffany & Co. crystal trophies were familiar faces like the iconic Jeanne Beker, Greta Constantine-clad singer Jully Black, supermodel Stacey McKenzie and boxer Mary Spencer.

And the winners are…

1. Best Art Direction: Tanya Watt, FLARE
2. Best New Face: Jenna Earle, Next Models
3. Best Beauty Feature of a Magazine or Newspaper – Trend/Profile (English): Adriana Ermter; FLARE, Back by Popular Demand
4. Best Beauty Feature of a Magazine or Newspaper – Trend/Profile (French): Sophie St-Laurent; Châtelaine, BB La crème a tout faire
5. Best Beauty Feature of a Magazine or Newspaper – Scientific/Technical (English): Michelle Villett; FLARE, Best Beauty Innovations of 2011
6. Best Beauty Feature of a Magazine or Newspaper – Scientific/Technical (French): Micheline Lortie; Châtelaine, La nature en pot
7. Best Beauty Editor of a Magazine: Lesa Hannah; FASHION Magazine
8. Best Male Grooming Feature: Greg Hudson; Sharp Magazine, The Sharp Guide to Grooming: Stepping it Up
9. Hair Stylist of the Year: Justin German
10. Best Fashion Feature of a Magazine or Newspaper (English): Sarah Nicole Prickett; FASHION Magazine, Bro Code
11. Best Fashion Feature of a Magazine or Newspaper (French): Elsa Vecchi; Dress to Kill, Spécial Design: Rad Hourani
12. Best Fashion Editor of a Magazine: George Antonopoulos, FASHION Magazine
13. Best Male Fashion Feature: Yang Goh; Sharp Magazine, Style Manual
14. Best Beauty or Fashion Blog (English): Sharon Ng Hayes; The Backseat Stylers
15. Best Beauty or Fashion Blog (French): Anik Lacasse-Richard; Montreal in Style
16. Best Beauty or Fashion Website: Randi Bergman,
17. Photographer of the Year: Malina Corpadean
18. Make-up Artist of the Year: Nicolas Blanchet
19. Best Magazine Cover: Dress to Kill, Stéphane Le Duc, Winter 2011

With Kimberly Lyn in Arthur Mendonça (left) and Nelia Belkova in Lanvin x H&M (right)

You may have noticed a familiar name in there for winner of the Best Beauty or Fashion Blog (English) category: The Backseat Stylers. WOOHOO! What an incredible honour it was for us to be named finalists alongside our blogger friends Nelia Belkova of Style Blog and Lolitta Dandoy of Fashion Is Everywhere, but to win?

We’d say we were speechless when our name was called, but S did manage to ramble off some heartfelt thank yous to P&G, to the Mister, and to everyone we’ve encountered on this incredible journey so far who have contributed, consciously or otherwise, to the success of The Backseat Stylers, including our amazing readers (i.e. you!). We even managed to squeeze in a double-kiss with Rob Lowe.

Lucian Matis with models in his Fall 2012 runway designs

And with that brief, self-congratulatory interlude out of the way, we now return to our regularly-scheduled programming: fashion. And boy was there a lot of blog fodder at the Awards ceremony, much of which was Canadian.

Lolitta Dandoy in UNTTLD

From Kimberly Lyn in a chic oxblood leather Arthur Mendonça number to April Wozny in a gorgeous white gown by Wayne Clark, and Lolitta Dandoy in a fierce, feathered design by UNTTLD to Gail McInnes in a ladylike MATIS by Lucian Matis frock, the fashion set showed their love for our homegrown talent in a big way.

VAWK’s Sunny Fong with S (in VAWK dress / FLARE x ALDO shoes / Chanel bag / Banana Republic Anna Karenina collection necklace)

S got in on the action too, sporting a LBD from VAWK‘s Fall 2012 collection (thank you Sunny!) and those to-die-for FLARE x ALDO oxblood shooties.

Check out the gallery below for over 30 images from the 2012 P&G Beauty and Grooming Awards. And congratulations to all of the winners and finalists!

xx, T & S

Image Credits: George Pimentel

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