On November 14, GQ Australia held one of the most anticipated events of the year; the annual GQ Men of the Year Awards, together with its 20th birthday celebrations; a memorable, star-studded night of nights to say the least.

As guests of Grey Goose – the world’s best tasting vodka – the Man of Style team had the privilege to not only attend the prestigious awards, but to speak with some of the globe’s most talented and inspiring individuals across a plethora of professional fields including acting, sport, music, fashion, philanthropy + more.

Here is a rundown of the night in conjunction with Grey Goose.


Flying into Sydney was a breeze, but checking into The Star Sydney was even easier. Located in Sydney’s south-west, The Star is grand in all manner and form. From designer boutique stores to the high-end restaurants, our accommodation for the night was definitely done in style.


Located within The Star’s complex, the awards took place in a very GQ manner; glitz, glamour, a red carpet, you name it!

Seated with the team from Grey Goose was a sheer pleasure, as we discussed all things vodka before the proceedings were underway. 

With a Grey Goose vodka cocktail in hand, we wandered the room to experience all the GQ activations that were present.


Feeling quite inspired being in the room as some of the world’s biggest and brightest stars, it was fascinating to see the industry’s best in Joel Edgerton, Naomi Watts, Lucky Blue Smith, Emily Ratajkowski, Dana White, Jordan Barrett, (the list goes on) – we felt very privileged to be able to mingle with the star-studded guest list at this year’s awards.


Throughout the night, many awards were given out to individuals who have excelled in their chosen field of expertise. It was truly inspiring to listen to the winners speak of their drive, commitment and how they came to be where they are now.

Winners of the 2018 GQ Men of the Year awards included:

GQ Man of the Year in association with Audi: Joel Edgerton

GQ Woman of the Year: Elizabeth Debicki

International Man of Style: Lucky Blue Smith

International Woman of the Year in association with Paco Rabanne: Emily Ratajkowski

Actor of the Year in association with QANTAS: Keiynan Lonsdale

TV Actor of the Year: Dacre Montgomery

Creative Force in association with Grey Goose: Cameron Bloom

Sportsman of the Year in association with The Star: Robert Whittaker

Team of the Year: Australian Invictus Games Team

Sporting Legend in association with David Jones: Kurt Fearnley

GQ Legend in association with David Jones: Michael Clarke

Media Personality of the Year in association with Grey Goose: Todd Sampson

Breakthrough Sportsman of the Year: Ben Simmons

Social Force in association with Audi: Andy Ridley

Breakthrough Fashion Brand of the Year: Double Rainbouu

Special Humanitarian Award: Walk Free Foundation

Outstanding Achievement in Journalism: Hedley Thomas

Breakthrough Artist of the Year: Jamie Preisz

Innovation Award in association with Audi: Seabin Project

Breakthrough Chef of the Year in association with Audi: Josh Niland


For an extra-tantalising cocktail, perfect for those warmer months, make sure you try the Le Grand Fizz cocktail – easy enough to prepare at home, and a sweet treat for all to enjoy.

The Le Grand Fizz is an elegant mix of Grey Goose vodka, St-Germain elderflower liqueur, fresh lime and soda water built over ice in a wine glass for the ultimate serve.

  • 1 ½ parts Grey Goose Vodka
  • 1 part St- Germain Elderflower Liqueur
  • ½ part Freshly Squeezed Lime (Approx. Half A Lime)
  • 3 wedges fresh lime
  • 2 parts Chilled Soda Water
  • Build in an oversized cabernet wine glass with lots of ice
  • Add Grey Goose Vodka and St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur
  • Then squeeze fresh lime and discard
  • Top with chilled soda water
  • Stir and garnish with lime wedges and a Grey Goose stirrer


The team at Man of Style attended the 2018 GQ Men of the Year Awards on behalf of Grey Goose.