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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Kim Jones guest-edits Harper’s Bazaar’s first men’s magazine in 50 years

Kim Jones has guest-edited Harper’s Bazaar’s first men’s magazine in more than 50 years.The special print supplement is dedicated solely to men’s style and inspired by the original Men’s Bazaar publication which was released in the 1960s. Jones, artist…

Kim Jones has guest-edited Harper’s Bazaar’s first men’s magazine in more than 50 years.

The special print supplement is dedicated solely to men’s style and inspired by the original Men’s Bazaar publication which was released in the 1960s.

Jones, artistic director of Dior Homme, took to Instagram to reveal his new gig and share the five special covers of the magazine, which feature himself and musicians Maluma, Travis Scott, J Balvin, and Orville Peck wearing pieces from the French fashion house.

“I’m happy to announce the first @harpersbazaarus men’s issue guest edited by Me!” he wrote alongside the snaps.

In his editorial for the magazine, the 40-year-old designer explained that he was inspired to create the diverse and inclusive covers for the men’s issue by late fashion illustrator and photographer Antonio Lopez.

“He’s an absolute hero of mine; I would have loved to have met him,” Jones wrote. “I was thinking about his New York, about the mix and diversity of the people Antonio photographed and drew in the 1970s and Eighties – the vibrancy and energy, the freedom – and I wanted to capture some of that in these images and reflect it through fashion for now.”

He went on to reveal that he picked Latinx musicians Maluma and Balvin because they “look like Antonio boys” and noted that if the late photographer were alive today, he would be a huge fan of rapper Scott.

“As for Orville Peck, I love both his image and the messages behind his music,” he added.

A spokesperson for Harper’s Bazaar owners Hearst said the men’s supplement will most likely be a quarterly edition, with different guest editors.

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Kim Jones feels fortunate to have Victoria Beckham’s support

Kim Jones feels fortunate to have the support of fellow designer Victoria Beckham.The English fashion designer was appointed as creative director of Dior Homme in March 2018 and had the support of celebrities such as Beckham, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell,…

Kim Jones feels fortunate to have the support of fellow designer Victoria Beckham.

The English fashion designer was appointed as creative director of Dior Homme in March 2018 and had the support of celebrities such as Beckham, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, and Bella Hadid when he presented his first collection for the French fashion house during Paris Fashion Week: Men’s that June.

Jones and the Spice Girl-turned-fashion designer have been friends for a long time and have always attended each other’s fashion shows, and in an interview with WWD, he admitted he was grateful to have her on his side.

“I’m very fortunate with the people I’ve met in my life. Say someone like Victoria (Beckham), who I love immensely,” he said. “I will go to her shows and support her, and she comes to mine. I love having a dinner with her where we sit down and talk business, because I love the aspect that she comes from, and I love the fact that she knows what her skills are and who else to employ to make it even better. It’s really nice to have those conversations. I love talking work with people that I don’t work with.”

Jones, who was previously at Louis Vuitton for seven years before moving to Dior, added that he has been close friends with the likes of Victoria’s husband David Beckham, Donatella Versace, Moss and Campbell for “a long, long time”.

“They’ve been really supportive. I think people love the brand and they love me, so that’s kind of a good combination, you know?” the 46-year-old shared, before adding that he’s “shocked” when people he admires know who he is. “I’m more publicly visible, people come up to me in the street a lot more. I appreciate that. I’m always shocked when people that I really admire know who I am.”

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Victoria Beckham serves up a ‘modern mix’ for spring 2020

Victoria Beckham has unveiled a “modern mix” of silhouettes for her spring/summer 2020 collection.The British designer presented her latest line as part of London Fashion Week on Sunday, with the likes of U.S. Vogue’s Anna Wintour, Kim Jones, British V…

Victoria Beckham has unveiled a “modern mix” of silhouettes for her spring/summer 2020 collection.

The British designer presented her latest line as part of London Fashion Week on Sunday, with the likes of U.S. Vogue’s Anna Wintour, Kim Jones, British Vogue’s Edward Enninful, and Helen Mirren all perched on the front row, while her husband David Beckham and their four children were also in the audience.

Regarding the inspiration for the range, Beckham explained in a post on her Instagram page that she was influenced by a variety of sources and was determined for all of the garments to be comfortable for her customers.

“We took a melting pot of references and inspiration from past decades, then looked to our brand DNA and put everything together into a blender, to make a new, modern mix,” she commented, adding: “Lightness, easiness, freedom. Those are the ideas I was thinking of for this collection. There is always a duality in women, moving between different ideas, different moods. I want clothes that move with a woman, that move with her life.”

The show opened with a model wearing a black and white chequered suit, burnt orange shirt, and off-white coat, followed by a number of ensembles featuring neutral separates.

Rather than the figure-hugging dresses Beckham has built up a reputation for in previous years, this time she opted for a flowing silhouette, with standouts including a violet dress with ruffled neckline and floral applique on one shoulder, a lemon-yellow number with plunging neckline, as well as shirts and dresses featuring a scribble print.

Other highlights included ’70s-inspired suits, a bright green number, and a bright purple dress with off-the-shoulder neckline. The show concluded with a trio of swishy black dresses, a sharp white suit, and a beautiful white dress with ruching at the waist.

London Fashion Week continues on Monday with presentations from Roksanda, Erdem, and Burberry.

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Kim Jones reimagined Christian Dior’s archive for modern menswear line

Kim Jones looked to Christian Dior’s archive for inspiration when creating his modern menswear collection. The British designer became creative director of Dior Homme in March 2018 after exiting Louis Vuitton, and immediately investigated the history o…

Kim Jones looked to Christian Dior’s archive for inspiration when creating his modern menswear collection.

The British designer became creative director of Dior Homme in March 2018 after exiting Louis Vuitton, and immediately investigated the history of the iconic French designer.

“I just really wanted to look at Christian Dior’s work, and what it would be relevant as in the 21st century, so to speak. I looked at the archive, and particularly the background of his life, because there’s a huge amount of things (that happened) before he was a couturier.

“All the time you find something new. I haven’t gone completely through it, but I wanted to find things that defined (him),” he said to SHOWstudio of the inspiration for his debut menswear line for Dior Men in June last year.

Going forward, Jones is keen to incorporate Dior’s passions into future collections as a tribute to one of the founders of fashion.

“For example, I looked at his love of nature – which is something I’m also really interested in – I wanted floral because there’s a huge amount of florals in his works,” he shared.

“The three things that (my collection) were based on was the tailoring, the couture element, and then the elegance of Christian Dior as a brand.”

During the lengthy interview, the London-born fashion star was quizzed about the influence of his former mentors – stylist Judy Blame, who passed away in 2018, the late Louise Wilson, who died in 2014, and Lee Alexander McQueen, who committed suicide in 2010.

The designer recently dedicated his guest-edited issue of A Magazine Curated By to his three friends, who he said he would’ve asked to contribute to the magazine had they still been alive.

“Lee and Louise are the two most important people. Louise gave me the confidence to go and do what I needed to do, and Lee was always there to say, ‘F**k ’em, go and do it, don’t listen to people, listen to yourself’,” he said.

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Virgil Abloh and Kim Jones added to Vogue Forces of Fashion Summit

Virgil Abloh and Kim Jones have joined the 2019 Vogue Forces of Fashion Summit.The two-day event will take place in New York City on 10 and 11 October, with Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour resuming her role as host.CFDA chairman Tom Ford, Tory Burch…

Virgil Abloh and Kim Jones have joined the 2019 Vogue Forces of Fashion Summit.

The two-day event will take place in New York City on 10 and 11 October, with Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour resuming her role as host.

CFDA chairman Tom Ford, Tory Burch, Wes Gordon of Carolina Herrera, Kerby Jean-Raymond of Pyer Moss, and Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez are also participating.

The theme of this year’s summit, which will include Q&As, experiential sessions and group discussions, focuses on the future of fashion. According to Vogue, designers, entrepreneurs, and cultural influencers will address topics from sustainability to inclusivity in “no-holds-barred, everything’s-on-the-table” conversations.

In a chat with the fashion glossy, Off-White founder and Louis Vuitton’s menswear artistic director Abloh explained his approach to fashion.

“From the beginning, I approached the idea of design from a grassroots level,” he mused. “I removed this idea that it’s somehow detached from the consumer.

“You don’t have to sit in your studio and throw a dart and hope that it lands on the bull’s-eye. If you actually walk up to the dartboard, you can just place it in the bull’s-eye. I think that’s the success of Off-White. I haven’t made a distinction between the design world and the real world – I’ve just immersed myself in both. And because I came from outside the fashion industry, I don’t have the luxury of creating collections in a traditional way.”

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Dior designer creates costumes for BTS world tour

Dior designer Kim Jones has been revealed as the mastermind behind the costumes for BTS’s world tour. The visionary for the luxury label has crafted the looks the South Korean boy band will wear on the next leg of their Love Yourself: Speak Yourself c…

Dior designer Kim Jones has been revealed as the mastermind behind the costumes for BTS’s world tour.

The visionary for the luxury label has crafted the looks the South Korean boy band will wear on the next leg of their Love Yourself: Speak Yourself concerts, which are set to kick off in Los Angeles on Saturday (04Apr19). The menswear creator developed seven looks for the stars that were inspired by his pre-fall collection and includes shiny, military-inspired items and athletic attire.

The personalities of each band member inspired Jones as he crafted the pieces.

“They all have their personal taste and style and it works so well together,” Jones tells Women’s Wear Daily. “Each member of the group chose the look they wanted, and we worked very organically to create each look for them. It was very collaborative.”

The fashion visionary first met the group ahead of the Grammy Awards in February (19) and he is thrilled to be collaborating with artists who have such a devoted fan base.

“They are really great guys and super into fashion, and everyone I know is kind of crazy about them,” he adds. “When I speak to my friends about meeting them, they all are obsessed by them.”

Jones took to Instagram to share his excitement about the venture and posted a sketch of the group wearing his concepts.

“Excited to announce the tour costumes for BTS for Dior,” he captioned the drawing.

The next leg of the BTS tour will take the band to Chicago, New Jersey, Sao Paulo, London and Paris.

The beloved singers are currently riding high after taking home the prizes for Top Duo/Group and Top Social Artist at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on Wednesday (02Apr19) night.

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Christian Louboutin blown away by Virgil Abloh’s work at Louis Vuitton

Christian Louboutin is sad he missed “brilliant” Virgil Abloh’s first Louis Vuitton menswear show in 2018.Off-White founder Abloh took over the top job at Louis Vuitton from Kim Jones in March last year and has quickly made his mark on the French luxur…

Christian Louboutin is sad he missed “brilliant” Virgil Abloh’s first Louis Vuitton menswear show in 2018.

Off-White founder Abloh took over the top job at Louis Vuitton from Kim Jones in March last year and has quickly made his mark on the French luxury label.

One person who approves of his new aesthetic is famed footwear designer Louboutin, who has gushed to WWD how impressed he is with Abloh.

“The job he’s starting to do at Vuitton is really great, really, really great,” he beamed to the fashion publication. “There was a lot of expectation and a lot of non-expectation like, ‘Oh God,’ and he did a brilliant job. It’s really beautiful. I was sad because it was his first show and I was not in Paris. He was doing an exhibition, he was at the Gagosian, but my timing was not correct. I’ve been really sort of… I missed that because it looked really great.”

Synonymous with his red-soled shoes, Louboutin is now branching away from footwear by opening his own hotel in Portugal.

Construction is set to begin in April, though the Parisian designer is quick to point out he’s not undertaking the project as a business venture, but rather just a hobby.

“It’s a hobby, you know, it’s a hobby… I’m starting to build a hotel but it’s definitely a hobby. It’s a good thing. It’s nothing but a hobby.

“It’s nice because you know full architecture and interior decorations. There are a lot of elements which you know are important when you are creating things, so again it’s bouncing back,” he added of how it may inspire his future shoe designs. “It’s not linked in a way but at the same time it bounces back a lot of details of architecture.”

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David Beckham unveils a Peaky Blinders-inspired fashion collection

David Beckham presented a Peaky Blinders-inspired fashion line through Kent & Curwen, the London brand he partially owns.This was the second time the label has been featured on the London Fashion Week: Men’s schedule, with the sport star’s wife Victori…

David Beckham presented a Peaky Blinders-inspired fashion line through Kent & Curwen, the London brand he partially owns.

This was the second time the label has been featured on the London Fashion Week: Men’s schedule, with the sport star’s wife Victoria, eldest son Brooklyn, Brooklyn’s model girlfriend Hana Cross, and David’s mother Sandra in attendance, as well as Gordon Ramsay, Dior Homme designer Kim Jones and Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight.

The collection, which was unveiled on Sunday (06Jan19), paid homage to the BBC series about 1920s gangsters in Birmingham and was designed by the brand’s creative director Daniel Kearns.

“(I’m) a big fan of the show and our brand has always been about the look. It keeps that authenticity,” David told The Guardian of the collaboration, adding that the iconic flat cap seen on the television show has a special relevance to his family.

“I got that from my grandad. I wore his from a very young age. Brooklyn has taken it on as well.”

Speaking to WWD, 19-year-old Brooklyn insisted that he and his father dress like the Peaky Blinders characters “every day,” and sported a collarless shirt and peg trousers from the Kent & Curwen collection for the show.

The range also got the approval of David’s fashionista wife Victoria, who recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of her eponymous fashion house. She supported her husband’s latest project wearing a grey tweed suit with flared trousers from her fall 2019 pre-collection.

“This collection was very honest and true to David and his style,” she smiled. “And the show was beautiful, too.”

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