On Monday night, after last year’s excellent performances, the Royal Albert Hall saw Italy triumph once again at the Fashion Awards ceremony.
Giorgio Armani received the Outstanding Achievement Award by Oscar-worthy actresses Cate Blanchett and Julia Roberts. Throughout the night, English Daniel Lee, the new creative director of Bottega Veneta, collected four prizes, sealing the golden time that the Kering Group’s label is living: Accessories Designer of the Year, British Womenswear Designer of the Year, Brand of the Year and Designer of the Year. Remo Ruffini, chairman of Moncler, was awarded with the Business Leader prize, previously won by Marco Bizzarri, CEO of Gucci, for three times in a row.
Other winners included Sarah Burton, the creative director of Alexander McQueen, who received the Trailblazer Award, and Rihanna, winner in the Urban Luxe category for her brand Fenty, born of the partnership with LVMH. The Designers’ Designer Award went to Christopher Kane for his namesake brand. Donatella Versace got onto the stage to receive the British Designer of the Year Menswear award won by Kim Jones for Dior Men, absent from the ceremony. Naomi Campbell received the Fashion Icon award. The creative director of Valentino Pierpaolo Piccioli and the editor-in-chief of Vogue Uk Edward Enninful bestowed the Model of the Year title to model Adut Akech.
Bethany Williams received the British Emerging Talent Menswear award, and Rejina Pyo the British Emerging Talent Womenswear prize.
Anna Wintour and Lady Amanda Harlech delivered a special tribute to Karl Lagerfeld. The Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator went to Sam McKnight.
On the sustainability side, the Positive Change award went to all signatories of the Charter for Climate Action. It was accepted by Emmanuel Gintzburger (Alexander McQueen), Gabriele Maggio (Stella McCartney), José Neves (Farfetch), Stefan Seidel (Puma), Thierry Andretta (Mulberry) and Wolfgang Blau (Condé Nast).