ICYMI: Here’s what happened at Marie Claire’s Future Shapers Awards

We celebrated eleven incredible women on Thursday night at the annual Marie Claire Future Shapers awards. Here's all the details from inside the party.

Eleven brilliant women were celebrated in style on Thursday night at Marie Claire’s Future Shapers Awards, in partnership with Neutrogena.

Marie Claire’s annual event, which honours women doing brilliant, agenda-pushing work in a range of fields (tech, law, fashion, activism) took place this year at One Marylebone.

The winners included counter-extremism campaigner Sara Khan, Iseult Ward – who set up anti-waste start-up FoodCloud – and Phoebe Gormley, Savile Row’s very first tailor exclusively for women.


Marie Claire editor Trish Halpin

Each winner was presented with their award by Marie Claire editor Trish Halpin and publishing director Justine Southall. Fresh from competing in the Rio Olympics, athletics star Katarina Johnson-Thompson also came up on stage to present an award to Future Shapers winner Samantha Payne, co-founder of Open Bionics, a company which makes affordable bionic hands for amputees.

Katarina Johnson-Thompson

Katarina Johnson-Thompson

Celebrity guests at the event included Lilah Parsons, Millie Mackintosh and Billie JD Porter, who headed upstairs after the ceremony to play a set on the decks, while the bar served Cointreau cucumber and basil cocktails and guests nibbled on lobster arancini and salt beef bagels. There was also a Neutrogena GIFGIF photobooth on hand to capture some of the assembled crowd’s best moves.

Billie JD Porter at Marie Claire's Future Shapers Awards

Billie JD Porter

At the party, guests were also encouraged to join Marie Claire‘s new online initiative #PassItOn, which aims to spread and share useful pieces of career advice. Last night’s advice ranged from ‘don’t compare and despair’ to ‘don’t drink so much’ (advice a few party guests might have wished they’d followed this morning.)

What we ate

Marie Claire Future Shapers Awards

Marie Claire Future Shapers Awards

Chicken skewers
Seared scallop, creamed cauliflower, bacon and cauliflower brittle
Lobster arancini, roast garlic, parsley and lemon mayo 
Heritage tomato and goat cheese tartlet with a basil emulsion
Pressed smoked ham hock, english pea and a mint emulsion
Smoked salmon lollipop with a lemon and herb crème fraiche 
Truffled duck egg and asparagus on a parsley blini

What we drank


Cointreau Fizz Classic (Cointreau, fresh lime juice, soda water)

Cointreau Fizz with cucumber and basil (Cointreau, fresh lime juice, cucumber, basil, sparkling water)

Cointreau Fizz with apple and vanilla (Cointreau, fresh apple juice, vanilla, soda water)

Freixenet Ice Cava (Freixenet Ice cava, ice, mint)

Piccini Orange Label Bianco Toscana

Piccini Memoro Red

Camden Hells Lager

Camden Town Brewery Pale Ale


Inside the goody bags…


Benefit ‘Ready Set Brow!’ Deluxe mini, Nars ‘Mini Orgasm’ Blusher, Propercorn, KIND! Health bar, Fiji water, Salon Science Regloss Smoothing Serum, Neutrogena Hydro Boost Moisturiser, Neutrogena Hydro Boost Micellar Water, Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand and Nail Cream, Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Deep Moisture oil, the November issue of Marie Claire.

And a huge and very special thanks to Collective Two and Paper Shake Origami, who decked the halls of the venue with some dreamy decorations: Head on over to our Instagram account for some major #interiorsgoals…

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