In less than one year, Bottega Veneta’s Daniel Lee has become one of fashion’s most influential designers, a status he cemented at Britain’s The Fashion Awards tonight with a record four wins. At the ceremony hosted by the British Fashion Council, Bottega Veneta and Lee were nominated in four categories, winning each one: Designer of the Year, British Designer of the Year—Womenswear, British Designer of the Year—Accessories, and Brand of the Year. At just 33 years old, Lee is not only one of the winningest designers at the awards, but also one of the youngest to win the ceremony’s biggest prizes.
What makes the young designer such a success? Chalk it up to the marriage of luxury and virality he offers at Bottega Veneta. Leather goods are the brand’s core category; Lee has remixed shoes and bags into quirky, instantly recognizable pieces. His square-toed quilted shoes can barely be kept in stock at retail, while his slinky Stretch sandals were voted the most wanted shoe of the year by Lyst, which tracked a 471 percent spike in searches in the month of July alone. The only product to outshine the Stretch sandal according to the shopping search engine was, of course, also by Lee. The Pouch bag—a concept as simple as it sounds—was named the most wanted product of the year, with more than 10,000 searches a month on Lyst. Celebrities have also taken a liking to the clutch bag, with Rihanna seeming to own it in nearly a dozen colors and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley posting 39 Instagrams—and counting!—of her clutch.
Lee wasn’t the only big winner of the evening, even if he will walk away with the most trophies. See the full list of winners and honorees from The Fashion Awards below.
Fashion Icon: Naomi Campbell
Outstanding Achievement: Giorgio Armani
Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator: Sam McKnight
Trailblazer Award: Sarah Burton
Award for Positive Change: Signatories of the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action
Designer’s Designer: Christopher Kane
Accessories Designer of the Year: Daniel Lee for Bottega Veneta
Brand of the Year: Bottega Veneta
British Designer of the Year, Menswear: Kim Jones for Dior Men
British Designer of the Year, Womenswear: Daniel Lee for Bottega Veneta
British Emerging Talent, Menswear: Bethany Williams for Bethany Williams
British Emerging Talent, Womenswear: Rejina Pyo for Rejina Pyo
Business Leader: Remo Ruffini for Moncler
Designer of the Year: Daniel Lee for Bottega Veneta
Model of the Year: Adut Akech
Urban Luxe: Fenty