Rihanna Wins Her First Fashion Award with Fenty line
The audience at the Royal Albert Hall were treated to superstar presence when Rihanna arrived at the British Fashion Council’s Fashion Awards 2019.
The ‘Umbrella’ singer descended on the London venue on Monday evening to pick up the ‘Urban Luxe’ award for her eponymous Fenty label.
Wearing her own brand to the awards, of course, Rihanna went for a tonal mint green look in a satin mini dress, sheer overcoat and gloves, accessorised with a ‘Mardin’ choker necklace by Boghossian.
The designer was presented the prize by another influential star, Janet Jackson who took to the stage with Tyler, the Creator to pay tribute to the 31-year-old.
‘You’re loved for your style, you’re respected as an artist, entrepreneur and [as] the first black woman to start a brand with LVMH,’ Jackson told the crowd.
Accepting the award with her close friend and collaborator Jahleel Weaver, Rihanna playfully pushed Tyler, the Creator before embracing Jackson and thanking the British Fashion Council for ‘believing in me as a young black woman and giving me the opportunity to do what I love the most’.
Rihanna made history earlier this year as the first black woman to start a brand with the luxury fashion house and Fenty became the first new business to be added to LVMH’s roster of brands since 2017.
Other huge moments on British fashion’s biggest night of the year belonged to Bottega Veneta’s Daniel Lee who scooped four awards including designer of the year and Adut Akech who was named model of the year.
In an emotional speech, the 19-year-old Sudanese-Australian model – who wore a stunning emerald green dress by Valentino for the black tie event – stressed the importance of greater diversity in fashion.
‘It is important for all of us to remember that someone like me winning this award is a rarity,’ a tearful Akech told the crowd to a standing ovation.
‘This is for the young women and men who found representation and validation in my work. I want them to never be afraid of dreaming big like I once did.’
Elsewhere, Giorgio Armani was presented with the outstanding achievement award by A-List actresses Julia Roberts and Cate Blanchett.