LOS ANGELES — Julia Roberts doesn't exactly think of herself as a fashion icon.
"I never go shopping," admitted Roberts at Monday night's annual InStyle Awards at the Getty Center, where the Oscar winner was given the magazine's Style Icon award.
But it was "Notting Hill" screenwriter Richard Curtis who dropped the most iconic fashion news of the night.
"I remember when we made 'Notting Hill,' we got to the most important scene in the movie which is when she comes to try to win Hugh Grant over," said Curtis, while introducing her. "And at the beginning of the day she didn't like the clothes that had been chosen. She said, 'This is meant to be a scene about someone who is just normal. And this is a costume. So she said, 'I think what I'll do is just wear what I wore into work.' So the cardigan and the skirt and the flip-flops that she's wearing are what Julia was wearing when she arrived in her car."
"I think of my icons, and I'm scared of them all," added Curtis. "Bob Dylan and Marlon Brando and John Lennon. I know they would despise me." He added, "But Julia's actually nice. She's not scary."
Roberts, who brought her son Henry, 11, as her date, went on to debunk the myth of celebrity style. "When you're popular and tall you just have these incredibly smart people come to your house with racks of stunning things. And so this award is for being good as saying, 'Oh, I think that one,'" the upcoming "Ben Is Back" star said, to laughter.
Roberts' stylist, Elizabeth Stewart, took home the Stylist of the Year award — with Stewart and Roberts twinning in identical Givenchy suits for the occasion.
"Julia, I believe that's called a faux pas. Out of all the things you could have worn," deadpanned Rebel Wilson (another client of Stewart's), as Roberts cracked up.
Inside the chic event, Roberts chatted with Jennifer Aniston, who was there to present her hairstylist, Chris McMillan, with the Hair Stylist of the Year award.
Givenchy designer Clare Waight Keller, who created Duchess Meghan's wedding dress this year, was also in attendance and named InStyle's designer of the year. The designer toasted the "incredible" women gathered for juggling intense professional and family lives.
"It keeps the conversation moving that we can do it all," she said. "I'm trying to set an example for my girls. and also for all the girls around the world that you can do it with solidarity and elegance."
Also honored were Jeff Goldblum (Man of Style), stylist Karla Welch (Voice of Style), James Kaliardos (Makeup Artist of the Year) and Constance Wu (Reebok's Bada Woman Award).