On Nov. 11, musicians, songwriters, composers and others in the entertainment industry, gathered at the Fonda Theatre to celebrate the 6th Annual Hollywood Music in Media Awards. This standout show honors the best and brightest in musical creation for visual media, highlighting the achievements of those who shape the international musical media landscape.
Some of the nominees of the evening included Danny Elfman and Brian Tyler who were up for best Original Score in a Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film for Disney’s, “Avengers: Age of Ultron”, and Dutch multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, and engineer , Tom Holkenborg who took home the award for “Mad Max: Fury Road”. “Writing’s on the Wall” written by Sam Smith and Thomas Newman was up for Song in a Feature Film, and stylish songwriter Diane Warren, seven-time best original song Oscar nominee, won big for “‘Til It Happens to You,” a song co-written with Lady Gaga for the documentary, “The Hunting Ground”.
An exciting evening as the HMMA’s usually are a good tell to the upcoming awards season, we saw last year’s HMMA honorees hold strong for both Golden Globe and Oscar nominations.
Those in the industry embraced the exciting vibe and it became a night of fun on the red carpet. Dynamic personalities were trending big and the uniqueness in everyone’s character shone through in what they wore. Actress Victoria Atkin was looking beautiful in black, British artist Aeone was glowing in gold and internationally acclaimed, Italian funk-pop singer/songwriter, Sara Santilli was sizzling in red, as was the stunning Andy Allo. Composer Dylan Berry (American Idol) and Maria Berry had matching 1920s era-inspired wardrobes, the incredible Ricky Minor was sporting a fun and comfortable look, while the one-and-only Verdine White of Earth, Wind & Fire was rocking a fuchsia suit that had more character than could be contained.
Some themes stood out with the attendees, like the idea of “style clashing” – Keeping the element of contrast in your wardrobe so you can dress up while dressing down at the same time. And while sparkles, colors, or culture inspired certain looks, the most exciting theme of the night was embracing the idea of wearing something to represent how you feel.
The pop, electro, alternative group, “Beauty In The Breakdown” embodied everything that is beautiful. Music producer Ryan Ulyate, not only donned a clever speaker brooch in place of a tie, but also collaborated on his stylish suit with rock ‘n’ roll tailor to the stars, Glen Palmer, who has also been known to style the likes of Tom Petty. Tiffany Alvord, who was accepting a special recognition award for Outstanding Music Achievement in New Media, told me that she likes to keep her look classy and feminine. And actress Stephanie Ferrett said that for her, it’s all about modesty. She likes to wear things that would make her children proud.
Nominee, Mimi Page had a classic ‘50s style. Recording artist Larissa Lam rocked an edgy, yet sophisticated look. Kristine Mirelle from X Factor had a retro flair with a modern twist for the night’s event. Pop singer and songwriter Flaviyake wore an outstanding piece by Japanese designer Junya Watanabe. And the extremely charismatic Singing-Dj, Ray Isaac, wore an incredible suit made by Australian designer, Elvis Di Fazio. He said that when it comes to fashion, it really is all about feeling the vibe.
One thing is for sure, feeling the vibe was undoubtedly the winning trend of the night. Fashion inspires just like any good song. As with music, the key is to find your voice and express yourself.