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Italian house triumphs at fashion awards

BOTTEGA Veneta and its young artistic director Daniel Lee were the big winners at the 2019 Fashion Awards on Monday, taking four awards in a star-studded ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

The Italian fashion house which specializes in high-end leather goods just last year named the 33-year-old Briton as creative director of the brand.

It was mission accomplished for the young Lee, with Bottega Veneta — founded in 1966 in Vicenza — named "brand of the year" at the annual British Fashion Council gathering. And Lee, who worked at Margiela, Balenciaga and Donna Karan before taking over management of Celine's ready-to-wear collections for five years, was crowned "designer of the year."

He was also named "British designer of the year, womenswear" and took the award for best accessories designer.

It was validation for the previously little-known designer, who confided that: "As a child, I often felt like an outsider."

Barbadian superstar Rihanna received the "urban luxe" award from fellow singer Janet Jackson for her young label Fenty, part of the LVMH galaxy.

Adut Akech, 19 and originally from South Sudan, was named model of the year.

Alexander McQueen's artistic director Sarah Burton, who joined the house in 1996, was also recognized for her visionary spirit with the "trailblazer award".

The evening also recognized stars such as supermodel Naomi Campbell, who was named "fashion icon" while industry legend Giorgio Armani received the "outstanding achievement" award from Hollywood star Julia Roberts.

Alongside the awards, New Wave: Creative 2019 was given special mention by Adwoa Aboah, the BFC ambassador for Positive Fashion.

Of the 100 young creative talent involved in the fashion industry around the world, eight come from China, such as visual artist and photographer Chen Man, photographer Fan Xin, art director Yu Cong and stylist Fan Qiong.

“I think that’s a great opportunity for not only these individuals, but also for businesses that may be aren’t familiar with the faces in different markets to think about when they come to work with them and collaborate with them,” said Caroline Rush, BFC CEO.


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