Not content with transforming the iconic Royal Albert Hall into an Armani Privé Haute Couture catwalk at The Fashion Awards 2019 in London last week, Giorgio Armani also treated guests to an impromptu Eric Clapton concert in celebration of winning this year’s Outstanding Achievement award.
This was climax of a glamorous gala evening hosted by the BFC (British Fashion Council) and presented by award-winning American actress, CEO, and producer Tracee Ellis Ross, in recognition and celebration of creativity and innovation in fashion.
Of the 16 awards, ten were voted by an international panel of fashion industry experts, which included Grazia Middle East Editor in Chief Alison Tay. Notable winners included: signatories of the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action, who won the Award for Positive Change; Naomi Campbell, who won the accolade of Fashion Icon; and a special tribute to the late Karl Lagerfeld presented by Anna Wintour and Lady Amanda Harlech.
Rihanna has just appointed Jordanian designer Amina Muaddi to work on footwear for Fenty – we’re expecting great feats in the future – and it came as a surprise to absolutely no-one that Rihanna’s fashion venture with LVMH was recognised in the Urban Luxe category. She marked the win as you might expect, with a star-studded after-party with an eclectic guest list of models, rock stars, actors, fashion designers, and celebrity progeny, which included Mick Jagger, A$AP Rocky, Tyler the Creator, Imaan Hammam, Kaia Gerber, Adut Akech, Lewis Hamilton, Matthew Morrison, Noomi Rapace, Karen Elson, Irina Shayk, Joan Smalls, Stella Maxwell, Brooklyn Beckham, Hana Cross, Liam Payne, Iris Law, Adwoa Aboah, Molly Goddard, Simon Porte Jacquemus, Winnie Harlow and Charlotte Tilbury.
However, the night belonged to Bottega Veneta Creative Director and fashion’s new wonder boy Daniel Lee, who brought home four awards for the brand: Accessories Designer of the Year; British Womenswear Designer of the Year; Designer of the Year; and Brand of the Year. Just in time for Bottega Veneta to make it onto our Christmas wish lists, Grazia girls…