NEW YORK, Sept. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- H&M, global fashion retailer, and Bloglovin', the leading lifestyle social discovery platform, celebrated New York Fashion Week last night by honoring the winners of the 2016 Bloglovin' Awards presented by H&M. Joined by an exciting mix of leaders within the fashion industry including host Olivia Culpo, DJ Chelsea Leyland, and one of the first leaders of the fashion blogging community, Leandra Medine of Man Repeller, the event honored winners such as Refinery29, SomethingNavy, NastyGal, and Garance Dore.
Bloglovin' & H&M partnered for the second year to support the next generation of bloggers through their global search for H&M's Breakthrough Fashion Blogger of the Year. Over 3,500 bloggers worldwide participated for the chance to become the winner of this year's program, which educates aspiring bloggers on best practices for distinguishing themselves within the influential space. This year's finalists were A Fashion Nerd, Survivor On Stilettos, Street Style Teller, Stuff She Likes and winner Maristella Gonzalez of A Constellation.
"H&M's Breakthrough Fashion Blogger of The Year program is instrumental in identifying, fostering, and supporting the growth of the next generations of fashion and style shapers," says Marybeth Schmitt, head of communications at H&M. "Maristella exemplifies the inspiration and innovation that we know drives the future of the fashion and blogging industry."
The party, held on September 12th at the iconic Industria Superstudio in New York City, brought together over 250 top fashionable influencers of the leading digital fashion platforms including Chiara Ferragni, Jamie Chung, Chriselle Lim, Louise Roe and Gala Gonzales. Hosted by actress, model, and Miss USA 2012, Olivia Culpo, the awards honored the fashion, beauty, and lifestyle winners alongside DJ Chelsea Leyland. Following the show, model Daniela Braga introduced guest performing artist, Ryan Leslie.
"The awards are one of the many ways that Bloglovin' continues to celebrate the growth of the blogging industry," said Giordano Contestabile, CEO of Bloglovin'. "Through this event, we're able to bring key members of the industry together and recognize the innovative and exciting work that they are doing. Their creativity and drive is ultimately the reason why blogging continues to flourish in the way it has."
Bloglovin's community and aspiring fashionistas cast their votes across 23 categories to determine this year's winners, including:
- Lifetime Achievement – Chiara Ferragni
- Blogger of the Year – The Chriselle Factor
- Best Fashion News – Refinery29
- Best Street Style – A Love is Blind
- Breakthrough Fashion Blogger of the Year (Presented by H&M) – A Constellation
- Best Beauty Blog – Tamira Jarrel
- Best Beauty YouTuber – Marianna Hewitt
- Best Personal Style – Camille Over the Rainbow
- Best Men's Fashion Blog – Cup of Couple
- Best Celebrity Blog – Louise Roe
- Best Lifestyle Blog – Taste the Style
- Best Written Content – Garance Dore
- Best Brand Blog – Nasty Gal
- Best Photography – Style Heroine
- Best Blogger Business - Glossier
- Best Snapchat – Something Navy
- Best Fitness Blog – Tone it Up
Please find photos from the event here.
With over 8 million registered active users and 750,000 registered bloggers, Bloglovin' is the ultimate destination for fashion, beauty and lifestyle-obsessed users to discover, consume and share professionally produced content from top influencers around the world. The platform encourages users to discover and share their favorite content while connecting with the influencers they love all in one place. For more information, please visit www.bloglovin.com.
The free Bloglovin' app, for reading, discovering and following your favorite fashion and lifestyle blogs, is also available for download in the Apple Store and Google Play.
H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB (publ) was founded in Sweden in 1947 and is quoted on Nasdaq Stockholm. H&M's business idea is to offer fashion and quality at the best price in a sustainable way. In addition to H&M, the group includes the brands & Other Stories, Cheap Monday, COS, Monki and Weekday as well as H&M Home. The H&M Group has more than 4,000 stores in 62 markets including franchise markets. In 2015, sales including VAT were SEK 210 billion and the number of employees is more than 148,000. For further information, visit hm.com.