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The British Fashion Awards, Bottega Veneta’s new dawn, and more fashion news

As we near the year-end, it’s only fitting that the most influential movers and shakers of the fashion industry get recognised. Last week was the annual Fashion Awards held by the British Fashion Council, and we got to see many familiar names lauded (including one surprise guest appearance). We also got a peek into the latest Bottega Veneta pre-fall collection from Daniel Lee, the former director of ready-to-wear for Celine under Phoebe Philo. And keeping in line with the festive theme, a household name no one would’ve associated with fashion just dropped some “ugly sweaters” that have all the hypebeasts going wild. Keep reading for your weekly dose of fashion news.

The Fashion Awards 2018 honours the crème de la crème of the fashion industry

British Fashion Council is delighted to announce that Miuccia Prada will receive the Outstanding Achievement Award at The #FashionAwards 2018 in partnership with @Swarovski. The Outstanding Achievement Award celebrates the overwhelming creative contribution of an individual to the fashion industry, who throughout their illustrious career has constantly shaped and reshaped the fashion world through their innovation and creativity. Mrs. Prada will be honoured at this year’s ceremony on Monday 10th December at the @royalalberthall in London, for her outstanding contribution to the global fashion industry. To find out more visit fashionawards.com/news

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The most esteemed names of fashion gathered under the roof of the iconic Royal Albert Hall last Monday not for another runway, but for the annual Fashion Awards. The annual event organised by the British Fashion Council recognises the trailblazing efforts by the titans of industry to drive the perennial question: “What is fashion?”

Some of the honorees of the night include familiar names. Miuccia Prada was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award for her numerous contributions to the global fashion industry. The Designer of the Year was awarded to Pierpaolo Piccioli, and rightfully so with the whimsical style he has injected into the world in the past year. Gucci took the most titles, winning both Brand of the Year and the Business Leader awards.

Emerging brands were also given the spotlight during the evening, most notably Samuel Ross for A-COLD-WALL* (British Emerging Talent Menswear), Richard Quinn (British Emerging Talent Womenswear), and Parley for the Oceans (Special Recognition Award for Innovation).

However, there was one unexpected guest: the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle. The Duchess showed up at the event to present the British Designer of the Year – Womenswear award to Clare Waight Keller of Givenchy, of whom she is a long-time fan. To see the full list of winners, head on to fashionawards.com.

Is Daniel Lee’s Bottega Veneta the new old Celine?

The intrecciato weave is blown up in this carryall bag.
The intrecciato weave is blown up in this carryall bag.
Hints of the old Celine are present in Daniel Lee's first collection for Bottega Veneta.
Hints of the old Celine are present in Daniel Lee's first collection for Bottega Veneta.

A few months ago, it was announced that Daniel Lee, former Director of ready-to-wear at Celine would spearhead Bottega Veneta for its future collections. Prior to being the right-hand-man of now cult-favourite Phoebe Philo, Lee had an impressive resume which included stints at Maison Margiela, Balenciaga, and Donna Karan. Now, his first collection is here, and it looks like the spirit of Philo-era Celine still lives on.

In both the menswear and womenswear lines, there still bears the soft, sensual silhouettes that were what made old Celine so coveted among its fans. But now, Lee has the resources of the Kering-backed Bottega Veneta at his disposal, and this marriage of styles is ushering a new era for the Italian brand. The intrecciato leather-weaving technique, a signature of the house, has been blown up and is a feature on many of the garments and accessories. The materials are classic Italian (cashmere, wool, and leather) but still embody the French essence. If you didn’t know Lee’s name before, you certainly will now.

‘Tis the season for ugly sweaters, and Windows has the most coveted one of them all

Every year during the festive season, people are dressed up in either one of two outfits. On one end of the spectrum, there’s the typical party ensemble (think sequined dresses and velvet tuxedos). On the other, there are the “ugly sweaters” that yes, are a thing. These sweaters that belong in the depths of hell are brought out during this time and paraded around, with the most wretched ones winning bragging rights and the occasional office competition. This year though, hypebeasts are jumping onto the bandwagon with the announcement of Windows’ very own ugly sweater.

No, that wasn’t a typo. The very same Windows that powers the majority of computers worldwide has entered the fashion industry with an ugly sweater that pays homage to the OG operating system, Windows 95. This literal piece of “softwear,” however, can’t be bought. You’d have to message the tech giant in hopes of obtaining one of their ugly sweaters. Limited edition? Check. Exclusive? Check. Buzzworthy? Check. If you want one under your tree (or in your mailbox) this holiday, you better think of something witty to message their social media team. This might just be one thing money can’t buy.

Jennifer Lopez steps out onto the red carpet in a billowing hot-pink Giambattista Valli gown

Utter the name “Giambattista Valli” and immediately the mind will conjure images of ballgowns that transcend the very notion of space with their enormous silhouettes and commanding colours. We’d hazard a guess and say that sort of surrealism was what Jennifer Lopez and her stylist Rob Zangardi were going for when Lopez was set to take the red carpet for the premiere of her new film, Second Act.

Command the red carpet she did. Lopez showed up to the event in a creation by Giambattista Valli Haute Couture FW2018 mullet dress. The gown was in a shade of bubblegum pink that would make Barbie blush, and the tulle train was so massive that it took up three seats of the sprinter van that she arrived in. She accessorised the look with a pair of silver Jimmy Choo platforms and Lorraine Schwartz jewellery.

It’s hard to believe that Lopez is already 49-years-old. She took what others might have made a quinceanera dress and turned it into a statement that the legend is here to stay.

Josiah Neo
Josiah Neo is a tech writer who contributes occasionally to the fashion, travel, and culture beats. When he’s not busy keeping up with the keynotes, he’s probably stuffing his face with the best Melbournian donuts (at Shortstop, BTW) or watching his favourite esports team, the Los Angeles Valiant, pummel their opponents into oblivion.