Last Monday I had the pleasure to attend Marie Claire’s Starters Award at the Moooi Gallery in the name of Fashiolista. The location was an amazing art gallery hidden in the Jordaan (the most beautiful part of Amsterdam, if I can say so), and the reason was easy: celebrating that we can have it all, or as MC says: Think smart, look amazing!
The event was covered by press and famous fashion faces that made a boring Monday afternoon a perfect plan. Drinks and bites accompanied the tunes from DJ’s Claire and Sheila Hill in the pre and after award ceremony. Before we got to know the nominees we were delighted by an informal debate with two smart&amazing ladies, Gülsen Olcay from Supertrash and Joline Jolink, moderated by Thijs Römer. The jury was formed by some smart and amazing people too: May-Britt Mobach, Editor-in-Chief Marie Claire NL, Sanne Visser, Editor Sanoma, Thijs Weezenbeek, Senior Business Controller Sanoma, Martin Hegeman, Director Mercedes Benz NL and Gülsen Olcay, designer & owner Supertrash.
I know you want to know who took home the amazing prizes! But the first prize for this seventh edition of the MC Starters Award was for Frederique van der Wal, with her Frederique’s Choice, who won the Entrepreneur award.
The three finalists and nominees for the Marie Claire Starters Award were: Bahareh Panjeh Shahi with Kiss&Tell, Hanneke Stegweg with iLost and Susanne Koek with Koek&Zo. The winner of 5.000 euros to start her business, a year of Clarks shoes and a Smart car was Bahareh Panjeh Shahi, with her inspirational idea of making silk dresses without harming the planet -that includes material and workers. We can’t wait to see her collection, due in November 2011.