The 2019 Fashion Awards saw everyone from Rihanna to Julia Roberts arriving at Royal Albert Hall in London to see who would be crowned the most influential in fashion.
Some of the awards were announced ahead of time, like Naomi Campbell receiving the fashion icon gong, Giorgio Armani being honoured for his outstanding achievement, and Sarah Burton the trailblazer award.
However, there was still a lot to play for, and here’s what went down on the big night…
Brand, accessories, womenswear and designer of the year
Daniel Lee of Bottega Veneta cleared up at the awards, taking home four of the top prizes. It capped off a hugely successful 2019 for Bottega Veneta, a heritage Italian leather goods brand which has undergone a bit of a transformation since British designer Lee took charge in 2018.
As creative director, he’s made it one of the coolest names in fashion. Lee previously worked with Phoebe Philo of Celine, and is seen to carry on the beloved aesthetic of Philo’s Celine.
Instagram influencers and trendsetters have gone wild for key Bottega Veneta items, whether it’s the leather pouch or the square-toed mules.
Creative director of Dior Homme, Kim Jones, snapped up the biggest menswear prize of the night. He’s been at Dior since 2018, mixing edgy streetwear with sharp tailoring. His designs are loved by men and women alike, and have been worn by Naomi Campbell and David Beckham.
We’re not entirely sure how the designer’s designer award is different to some of the others of the night, but Christopher Kane is still a worthy winner. He was named womenswear designer of the year in 2013, and over his career he’s been responsible for Crocs becoming high fashion and making eye-catching dresses from women’s silhouettes.
Model of the year
Few models have been as prolific as Adut Akech in 2019. The South Sudanese-Australian 19-year-old has modelled for all the big names from Fendi and Versace to Valentino and Chanel. She also works with the UN Refugee Agency, and was chosen by the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, to appear on her guest edition of British Vogue, ‘Forces for Change’.
Emerging talent for menswear
Bethany Williams is part of a new generation of socially and environmentally conscious designers, with the British Fashion Council saying all the materials she uses are recycled or organic. Her menswear designs are full of patterns, colours and textures.
Emerging talent for womenswear
South Korean-born, London-based Rejina Pyo took home this award. Pyo has slowly but surely made a name for herself with modern classics, like wearable jumpers in interesting colours, elegant coats and structural dresses. Her clothes have been worn by a range of women, from buzzy singers like Jorja Smith to seasoned actors like Elizabeth Banks.
Rihanna’s brand Fenty received the urban luxe prize, presented by the impossibly cool duo of Janet Jackson and Tyler, the Creator. Fenty has truly disrupted the industry since launching in May of this year, ignoring the normal fashion week calendar and instead releasing clothes in ‘drops’ – similar to how music is released. Fenty is part of the LVMH luxury conglomerate, making Rihanna the first black woman to head up an LVMH brand.
CEO and chairman of Moncler, Remo Ruffini, won the Business Leader award. He helped establish the Moncler Genius project, which enlists big-name designers like Pierpaolo Piccioli and Simone Rocha to make capsule collections.
Actor Shailene Woodley walked the red carpet of the Fashion Awards wearing a puffer jacket-style gown from the Moncler collaboration with Piccioli.