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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