Rihanna’s Fenty label wins Urban Luxe prize at The Fashion Awards 2019

Rihanna’s Fenty fashion brand scooped the Urban Luxe prize at The Fashion Awards 2019 on Monday night.The superstar launched her fashion venture in partnership with executives at luxury group Moet Hennessy – Louis Vuitton (LVMH) in May, with the line c…

Rihanna’s Fenty fashion brand scooped the Urban Luxe prize at The Fashion Awards 2019 on Monday night.

The superstar launched her fashion venture in partnership with executives at luxury group Moet Hennessy – Louis Vuitton (LVMH) in May, with the line comprised of wearable separates, denim, accessories, and footwear.

Now, just seven months after unveiling her debut collection, Rihanna has been named as the top designer in the competition’s Urban Luxe category, beating out the likes of Alyx, Marine Serre, Martine Rose, and Moncler Genius.

The 31-year-old was presented with the award by Janet Jackson and Tyler, The Creator during a ceremony held at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Taking to Instagram following the exciting announcement, a Fenty representative commented that Rihanna and her entire team felt “honoured” by the accolade.

“Fenty’s chief executive officer and artistic director Robyn Rihanna Fenty is committed to reflect the understanding of female power as constantly evolving, multi-faceted, fun and free,” they wrote alongside a snap of the star in a seafoam green custom-made outfit from the label. “Since the launch in May, Fenty had the pleasure of working with incredible talents, forming a new archive of visual references focusing on the intersection between style, culture and identity. Fenty is a young brand with a powerful collective voice, shaped by the individuals behind it.”

The other big winners on the night were Bottega Veneta’s Daniel Lee, who was named Designer of the Year, British Designer of the Year for Womenswear, and Accessories Designer of the Year, while the Italian label was also feted Brand of the Year. Adut Akech was selected as Model of the Year, Dior Men’s Kim Jones won British Designer of the Year for Menswear, and Christopher Kane was bestowed with the new Designers’ Designer Award.

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Bottega Veneta’s Daniel Lee scoops top honours at The Fashion Awards 2019

Bottega Veneta’s Daniel Lee was the big winner at The Fashion Awards 2019 on Monday night.The star-studded ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall in London featured appearances from the likes of Janet Jackson, Julia Roberts, Donatella Versace, Cate Blanchet…

Bottega Veneta’s Daniel Lee was the big winner at The Fashion Awards 2019 on Monday night.

The star-studded ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall in London featured appearances from the likes of Janet Jackson, Julia Roberts, Donatella Versace, Cate Blanchett, and Tom Cruise, and was hosted by Black-ish actress Tracee Ellis Ross.

The first of Lee’s awards was for Brand of the Year, which he accepted from model and friend Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Mentioning Kering boss Francois-Henri Pinault, who owns Bottega Veneta, in his brief acceptance speech, the 33-year-old British designer thanked the Frenchman for taking “that initial gamble” on him.

Later, when accepting his second award of the evening for Accessories Designer of the Year, Lee told the famous faces in the audience: “For me, accessories are the key to modern dressing and I’m incredibly proud so many of you choose to live with our pieces every day and to express your style.”

The designer also took home the coveted awards for Designer of the Year and British Designer of the Year for Womenswear.

Kim Jones of Dior Men was named as British Designer of the Year for Menswear, though as he was overseas, the accolade was accepted on his behalf by Donatella Versace.

“As you see, I’m not Kim Jones, but it’s truly an honour to accept the award for my good friend. He’s in Miami putting the last touches to his show and it’s going to be fabulous, as always,” she quipped.

Supermodel Naomi Campbell was presented with the Fashion Icon award during ceremony, while Adut Akech was named as Model of the Year.

Elsewhere, U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and Lady Amanda Harlech made an emotional tribute to the late Karl Lagerfeld and announced plans for Chanel to sponsor a scholarship through the British Fashion Council’s foundation.

The organisation’s newest award – The Designers’ Designer – was handed to Christopher Kane by Kylie Minogue, and the extravagant ceremony ended with a Giorgio Armani runway show.

The 85-year-old Italian then received the Outstanding Achievement Award from close pals and muses Julia Roberts and Cate Blanchett.

The full list of winners for the 2019 Fashion Awards is as follows:

Brand of the Year – Bottega Veneta

Designer of the Year – Daniel Lee for Bottega Veneta

British Designer of the Year: Womenswear – Daniel Lee for Bottega Veneta

British Designer of the Year: Menswear – Kim Jones for Dior Men

Model of the Year – Adut Akech

Accessories Designer of the Year – Daniel Lee for Bottega Veneta

Urban Luxe – Fenty

British Emerging Talent: Womenswear – Rejina Pyo for Rejina Pyo

British Emerging Talent: Menswear – Bethany Williams for Bethany Williams

Business Leader – Remo Ruffini for Moncler

Outstanding Achievement Award – Giorgio Armani

Fashion Icon – Naomi Campbell

Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator – Sam McKnight

Trailblazer Award – Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen

Positive Change Award – Signatories of the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action launched at UN Convention on Climate Change

Designers’ Designer Award – Christopher Kane for Christopher Kane

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Bottega Veneta’s The Pouch handbag crowned ‘most-wanted’ item of 2019

Bottega Veneta’s popular The Pouch handbag has been named as the “most-wanted” item of 2019.As part of their annual Year in Fashion report, analysts at Lyst have looked at data, queries, page views, and sales metrics across six million fashion products…

Bottega Veneta’s popular The Pouch handbag has been named as the “most-wanted” item of 2019.

As part of their annual Year in Fashion report, analysts at Lyst have looked at data, queries, page views, and sales metrics across six million fashion products from over 12,000 online stores as well as the global media coverage and social media mentions generated by the biggest brands and trends.

As part of this research, they also rounded up the pieces that have driven the biggest spikes over the last 12 months, and crowned The Pouch purse in the top spot.

“Bottega Veneta’s The Pouch bag has sparked more than 10,000 views a month since its launch,” a Lyst representative commented. “Page views increased 297 per cent on Lyst in September. The bag was seen on editors, celebrities, and influencers worldwide; Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Instagrammed it 39 times in the space of three months.”

Since Daniel Lee joined Bottega Veneta in June 2018, the Italian fashion house has undergone a huge revamp, with the designer winning acclaim for his minimalist designs and Stretch sandals, which immediately sold out upon release following the launch of the label’s pre-fall 2019 collection.

Accordingly, the Stretch sandals followed in second place on Lyst’s round-up, with Gucci’s GG logo belt in third, and Jacquemus’ Le Chiquito bag in fourth. Other sought-after pieces included Prada’s logo bucket hat, Louis Vuitton’s Multi Pochette bag, Ganni’s Checked Seersucker Midi Dress, Sandy Liang’s Fleece Jacket, Weekday’s Rowe Sky Blue Jeans, and Gucci’s GG Supreme Messenger bag.

Elsewhere, the Alexander McQueen oversized sneakers topped the list of Hottest Women’s Products in the first quarter of 2019.

“Searched every two minutes on Lyst, they were the brand’s bestselling product this year,” a spokesperson added.

The top collaborations were between Off-White x IKEA, Sacai x Nike, and Reformation x New Balance, with the main breakout brands including Bottega Veneta, Pyer Moss, Jacquemus, Paco Rabanne, Molly Goddard, Richard Quinn, Saks Potts, and Telfar.

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Bottega Veneta’s Daniel Lee leads 2019 The Fashion Awards nominees

Bottega Veneta’s Daniel Lee has garnered nods in four categories for the upcoming 2019 The Fashion Awards.The British designer was named as creative director for the Italian fashion house in June 2018 and has since gone on to win acclaim for his minima…

Bottega Veneta’s Daniel Lee has garnered nods in four categories for the upcoming 2019 The Fashion Awards.

The British designer was named as creative director for the Italian fashion house in June 2018 and has since gone on to win acclaim for his minimalist designs and Stretch sandals, which immediately sold out upon release following the launch of the label’s pre-fall 2019 collection.

Now, Lee is set to be the one to beat at the annual fashion awards ceremony, having been nominated for Accessories Designer of the Year, British Designer of the Year: Womenswear, and Designer of the Year, while Bottega Veneta is among the Brand of the Year nominees.

Other fashion stars to be nominated in more than one category included Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele and Jonathan Anderson, who heads up Spanish brand Loewe as well as his own label, JW Anderson. Dior Men’s Kim Jones and Prada’s Miuccia Prada are also vying for the prestigious Designer of the Year prize.

Joining Lee in the British Designer of the Year: Womenswear category are John Galliano for Maison Margiela, Anderson, Richard Quinn, and Simone Rocha, while the British Designer of the Year: Menswear nominees include Craig Green, Grace Wales Bonner for Wales Bonner, Jones, Martine Rose, and Riccardo Tisci for Burberry.

Top models Adesuwa Aighewi, Adut Akech, Adwoa Aboah, Kaia Gerber, and Winnie Harlow are competing for the Model of the Year prize, while it was previously announced that Giorgio Armani will be bestowed with the Outstanding Achievement Award and Naomi Campbell will take home the Fashion Icon Award.

British Fashion Council chair, Stephanie Phair, commented of the nominees: “Each and every one of them is being recognised for their creative excellence and innovation. I look forward to celebrating them alongside the rest of the industry from across the globe.”

The Fashion Awards 2019 will take place on 2 December at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The full list of nominees is as follows:

Accessories Designer of the Year:

Alessandro Michele for Gucci

Daniel Lee for Bottega Veneta

Jonathan Anderson for Loewe

Kim Jones for Dior Men

Simon Porte Jacquemus for Jacquemus

Brand of the Year:

Bottega Veneta

Gucci

Jacquemus

Loewe

Prada

British Designer of the Year: Menswear:

Craig Green for Craig Green

Grace Wales Bonner for Wales Bonner

Kim Jones for Dior Men

Martine Rose for Martine Rose

Riccardo Tisci for Burberry

British Designer of the Year: Womenswear:

Daniel Lee for Bottega Veneta

John Galliano for Maison Margiela

Jonathan Anderson for JW Anderson & Loewe

Richard Quinn for Richard Quinn

Simone Rocha for Simone Rocha

British Emerging Talent: Menswear:

Ben Cottrell and Matthew Dainty for Cottweiler

Bethany Williams for Bethany Williams

Kiko Kostadinov for Kiko Kostadinov

Phoebe English for Phoebe English

Sofia Prantera for Aries

British Emerging Talent: Womenswear:

Laura and Deanna Fanning for Kiko Kostadinov

Matty Bovan for Matty Bovan

Phoebe English for Phoebe English

Rejina Pyo for Rejina Pyo

Rosh Mahtani for Alighieri

Business Leader:

Alexandre Arnault for Rimowa

Jose Neves for Farfetch

Marco Bizzarri for Gucci

Marco Gobbetti for Burberry

Remo Ruffini for Moncler

Designer of the Year:

Alessandro Michele for Gucci

Daniel Lee for Bottega Veneta

Jonathan Anderson for JW Anderson & Loewe

Kim Jones for Dior Men

Miuccia Prada for Prada

Model of the Year:

Adesuwa Aighewi

Adut Akech

Adwoa Aboah

Kaia Gerber

Winnie Harlow

Urban Luxe:

Alyx

Fenty

Marine Serre

Martine Rose

Moncler Genius

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Daniel Lee makes confident Bottega Veneta debut at MFW

Daniel Lee made a confident debut with his first collection for Bottega Veneta at Milan Fashion Week on Friday (21Feb19) morning.The 32-year-old Central Saint Martins graduate, who succeeded Tomas Maier as creative director of the brand last June, show…

Daniel Lee made a confident debut with his first collection for Bottega Veneta at Milan Fashion Week on Friday (21Feb19) morning.

The 32-year-old Central Saint Martins graduate, who succeeded Tomas Maier as creative director of the brand last June, showed off a Fall/Winter 19 collection dominated by textured leather coats, quilted wrap skirts in black and aquamarine accessorised with gilt chains, and beautifully cut biker jackets and trousers.

Sticking to a mainly monochrome palette, male and female models showed off classic black suiting paired with a flashes of orange in the form of a sheer roll neck or an oversized orange sweater. Each look was paired with either heavy biker boots or classic gilt chained flats.

Knitwear accompanied tailored separates, and was trimmed with gilt chains around the neckline, or leather with gold clasps on each shoulders. Lee also showcased chic LBDs featuring beaded necklines, and dresses made of mirror-style sequins in lilac or gold, with a coordinating lightweight sequinned coat in a collection that fused sophistication with a very modern edge.

Beautifully tailored overcoats were shown in black or cream wool and leather, with one solo leopard print version. The parka also featured heavily in short and longer variations, plus an oversized purple patent leather version.

Standout pieces included a tiled leather parka style coat in cream leather, and a leather tuxedo style shirt.

Tod’s also showed in Milan this morning, presenting its signature leather pieces.

Highlights included crocodile print embossed leather looks, such as a belted coat, jacket and skirt, leather shirts in brown and black, and a two-tone kilt style skirt. Leather gilets and jackets were trimmed with shearling, and a patent brown leather trench coat made a splash on the runway.

Texture was added in the form of tweeds, teamed with pieces made from hunting green leather, and a green shearling coat.

Marni and Versace are among the brands showing later on Friday.

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Bottega Veneta’s Daniel Lee has enjoyed experimenting with menswear

Bottega Veneta’s new creative director Daniel Lee has enjoyed the challenge of creating clothes for men.The British designer succeeded Tomas Maier two days after he departed from the Italian luxury label in June (18), following a 17-year stint. Lee now…

Bottega Veneta’s new creative director Daniel Lee has enjoyed the challenge of creating clothes for men.

The British designer succeeded Tomas Maier two days after he departed from the Italian luxury label in June (18), following a 17-year stint.

Lee now oversees all creative direction at Bottega Veneta, including the manufacture of ready-to-wear garments, shoes, jewellery, eyewear, and accessories. And though he had previously only designed for women, he has embraced the new perspective of menswear.

“It’s great to make things you want to wear,” he told reporters at Vogue U.S. “This is my first experience of doing that, because I’ve always worked in womenswear, and I think you definitely see it from a different perspective if you’re able to try things on and experience the clothes. It adds a different facet, for sure.”

The fashion star has previously held the position as director of ready-to-wear design at Celine, in addition to a string of posts at Maison Margiela, Balenciaga, and Donna Karan.

While he was not immersed in the fashion world as a child, he has now come to grips with all aspects of the industry.

“I didn’t really know that much about fashion. There is no fashion where I’m from,” said Lee, who was born in the north of England. “What I like about this job is there are many different facets to it-part of it is creation, but it’s also business. It’s also often dealing in a foreign language; you meet people from all around the world, so there’s the travel aspect. There are so many great parts of this job; it’s not purely about designing.”

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Bottega Veneta’s Daniel Lee intends to place new focus on ready-to-wear

Bottega Veneta’s new creative director Daniel Lee wants to update the brand’s approach to ready-to-wear.The British designer succeeded Tomas Maier two days after he departed from the Italian label in June (18), following a 17-year stint. Lee now overse…

Bottega Veneta’s new creative director Daniel Lee wants to update the brand’s approach to ready-to-wear.

The British designer succeeded Tomas Maier two days after he departed from the Italian label in June (18), following a 17-year stint. Lee now oversees all creative direction at Bottega Veneta, including the manufacture of ready-to-wear garments, shoes, jewellery, eyewear, and accessories.

And in his first interview in his new role, he explained how he intended to change the business.

“Bottega was a bit of a sleeping giant. Tomas led the house with a very strong vision in a very respectful way. He never faltered, he never deviated and went for a fat cat kind of approach,” Lee told reporters at Vogue U.S. “We have an amazing facility; we have an amazing savoir faire (know how). But also, the ready-to-wear and the shoes and the jewellery are categories that are very exciting to me, and they never have been fully exploited. So, it’s a really exciting moment to do that.

“For me, I want to add a big culture around the ready-to-wear… That’s my main focus. Obviously, the upcoming pre-collection and the (fall 2019) show is very much led around the ready-to-wear.”

In addition to ready-to-wear, Lee shared that the fashion house would release more trainers, though he admitted he’s “kind of bored with that” and wants to encourage a return to “done-up elegance” instead.

He also insisted that Bottega Veneta was not going to flaunt logos on its products, and would be unlikely to team up with celebrities.

“Bottega is a brand that talks about sophisticated elegance. It’s almost about being quiet. A silence in all the noise. A kind of stillness,” he noted. “Celebrity? I think it’s a very different kind of world than what we’re in.”

Lee will present his much-anticipated pre-fall 2019 collection for women and men in Milan on 11 December.

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Tomas Maier brand to cease operations – report

Tomas Maier’s namesake brand is reportedly set to cease operations.The German designer established his label in 1997, with the company gaining investment from Kering bosses in 2013. Just weeks after Maier announced that he was departing his post as cr…

Tomas Maier’s namesake brand is reportedly set to cease operations.

The German designer established his label in 1997, with the company gaining investment from Kering bosses in 2013.

Just weeks after Maier announced that he was departing his post as creative director at Kering-owned brand Bottega Veneta after a 17-year stint, executives at the luxury conglomerate have confirmed that they are ending their other partnership too.

“Mr. Tomas Maier remains the owner of the Tomas Maier trademark,” a Kering spokesperson told WWD, adding that they would be looking to “safeguard employment, in coordination with local unions.”

The decision to shutter Maier’s label will affect between 20 and 30 employees with his two boutiques in Manhattan to close by the end of the year. Maier’s website will also cease operating, with it understood that appointments to view his resort 2018 have been cancelled.

Maier, who previously worked at Guy Laroche, Sonia Rykiel and Hermes, has not officially commented on his exit from Bottega or closure of his brand. British designer Daniel Lee has been named as his successor at the Italian label.

The news of Kering’s moves to close Maier’s brand comes as the group, helmed by chairman and chief executive officer Francois-Henri Pinault, shared last Thursday that they were in talks with designer Christopher Kane for him to buy back his stake after taking an investment in 2013.

Kering, which controls fashion houses such as Gucci, Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen and Brioni, also managed Stella McCartney’s brand for 17 years, until the British designer made moves to regain full control back in March.

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Daniel Lee appointed creative director of Bottega Veneta

Daniel Lee has been named as the new creative director of Bottega Veneta.Executives at the Italian luxury label announced on Wednesday (13Jun18) that Tomas Maier would be departing his post after a 17-year stint as head designer at the brand. Two days…

Daniel Lee has been named as the new creative director of Bottega Veneta.

Executives at the Italian luxury label announced on Wednesday (13Jun18) that Tomas Maier would be departing his post after a 17-year stint as head designer at the brand.

Two days later, Kering chairman and chief executive officer Francois-Henri Pinault has appointed Lee as Maier’s successor.

“I am very pleased to welcome Daniel Lee to Kering as creative director of Bottega Veneta,” he said in a statement. “The singularity of his vision inspired by a very personal creative approach convinced me that he was best able to open a new chapter in the history of the house. His work is characterised by great rigor, a mastery of studio expertise, a true passion for materials and an energy that I cannot wait to see take shape at Bottega Veneta.”

Lee will officially begin in his new role on 1 July. The British fashion star studied at Central Saint Martins in London and worked at Maison Margiela, Balenciaga and Donna Karan before taking on his most recent position as director of ready-to-wear design at French label Celine.

Regarding his new gig, Lee explained that he was both “honoured and excited”.

“Maintaining the ingrained codes of the house, craftsmanship, quality and sophistication, I look forward to evolving what has gone before, while contributing a new perspective and modernity,” the 32-year-old shared.

Lee will oversee all creative direction at Bottega, including the manufacture of ready-to-wear garments, shoes, jewellery, eyewear and accessories. And brand chief executive officer Claus-Dietrich Lahrs is thrilled to have a talented young designer on board.

“Daniel Lee has a deep understanding of the house’s current challenges both in terms of creation and development. He will bring to Bottega Veneta a new and distinctive creative language that will continue building the house’s success based on the ambitious foundations already developed over recent years,” he added.

Maier has not officially commented on his exit or shared future plans. However, he may be looking to focusing on his namesake label, which he established in 1997.

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