Meet the judges

Let's hear it for our judges. Our all-important panel is made up of discerning, stylish and well-travelled tastemakers from across the world – from DJs to designers; hotel lovers all – who have argued the merits of all our entrants with honesty, insight and good humour to eventually settle on the proverbial cream of this year's crop. 

Michael & Darroch Putnam

Michael & Darroch Putnam

Michael and Darroch Putnam

Michael and Darroch founded their namesake Putnam & Putnam in 2014, bringing fashionable flair to floristry. Now fans include the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Vogue and Bergdorf Goodman, and their book Flower Color Guide was published by Phaidon last year. 

Chris Wallace

Chris Wallace

Chris Wallace

Well-dressed jetsetter Chris is Mr Porter's US editor. Formerly he was executive editor at Interview magazine and an essayist and editor covering pop culture for the likes of The Paris Review and The Atlantic

Chrissy Rutherford

Chrissy Rutherford

Chrissy Rutherford

As a social media superstar and special projects editor at Harper’s Bazaar, Chrissy is an authority on all things style – regularly posting to the magazine’s four-million-plus followers, whether from their base in New York or on her travels to fashion weeks around the world.

Julia Sarr-Jamois

Julia Sarr-Jamois

Julia Sarr-Jamois

Street-style sovereign Julia has been crowned fashion editor-at-large at titles from i-D to Vogue for her larger-than-life approach to inventive cover shoots and keenly-crafted editorials. 

Lucy Laught

Lucy Laught

Lucy Laucht

Lucy is a New York-based photographer and writer who frequently contributes to Condé Nast TravellerAfarTravel and Leisure and Vogue Australia and shoots for a host of high-end clients. She also helms travel site These Foreign Lands and will travel far for a spot-on snap…

Matilda Goad

Matilda Goad

Matilda Goad

Creative consultant Matilda's work straddles fashion and interiors, styling and events, whether that's collaborating on stationery with Papier, set-dressing high-society weddings or selling her own winningly crafted wares.

Layo Paskin

Layo Paskin

Layo Paskin

Layo spent 100 days a year in the world's top hotels as one half of DJ outfit Layo&Bushwacka! He was behind legendary London club the End and bar AKA, too. After retiring from both, he moved into restaurants, opening the  acclaimed Palomar, the Barbary and Evelyn’s Table at the Blue Posts. 

Rhi Taylor

Rhi Taylor

Rhi Taylor

Globetrotting Australian photographer Rhiannon shoots for the likes of Condé Nast Traveller, Architectural Digest, Time, Tourism Australia, and Etihad Airways as well as helming the ever-popular inspiration hub, In Bed With. 

Myriam Badault

Myriam Badault

Myriam Badault

Since 2006, Parisian Myriam has been the creative driving force behind iconic French fragrance brand, Diptyque, ensuring visual artistry and olfactory excellence in a broadening product range. 

Kate Foley

Kate Foley

Kate Foley

Kate is a New York-based creative director, retail consultant and stylist who works with an ever-widening range of the fashion world's great and good.