Next Monday night sees the Fashion Awards, that Swarovski-sponsored end-of-year shindig at which London (and visiting) industry figures let their hair down while raising money for education charities. Masterminded by Dame Natalie Massenet of the British Fashion Council, the event’s organizers work to generate some preemptive “sizzle”—as Massenet calls it—by announcing the winners of certain categories in advance.
Following the already announced awards for Maria Grazia Chiuri and Stella McCartney, Massenet’s crew today revealed the winner of this year’s Fashion Icon award: Donatella Versace.
Of course, there’s no arguing with that at all. This year Donatella navigated the 20th anniversary of her brother’s death by presenting a series of excellent collections in his memory that climaxed with the rapturously received supermodel reunion in September. She also announced a comprehensive company-wide pivot to sustainable practice, already begun with Versace’s denim production and set to extend in the operation of a new boutique due to open here next week.