Valentino’s artistic director, Pierpaolo Piccioli, voted designer of the year at the Fashion Awards

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Pierpaolo Piccioli, the creative director of Valentino, has won the designer of the year award at the Fashion Awards 2022.

Piccioli was presented with her award on Monday night by actress Florence Pugh, who regularly wears the Italian brand to red carpet events.

The star-studded ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Hall was hosted by Queen & Slim actor Jodie Turner-Smith.

Tilda Swinton, Elizabeth Debicki, Golda Rosheuvel, Emma Corrin, Burna Boy, Sam Smith, Paris Jackson and Ashley Graham attended and Bella Hadid attended via video link.

Demna, the creative director of Balenciaga, who had already been nominated in the designer of the year category, was shunned. The brand was not present and Demna’s name (he does not use his last name) was removed from the list of nominees.

The luxury fashion house recently apologized for ads showing children holding teddy bears in bondage outfits and others displaying Child Sexual Abuse Act documents as a prop.

Demna also posted a statement on Instagram on Friday in which he personally apologized, saying it was “the wrong concept art choice.”

The Fashion Awards nominees and winners are chosen by an international jury of more than 1,000 industry experts.

Monday night marks the second time Piccioli has won the prize – he first won the prize in 2018. “If I read this speech tonight, it means dreams can take you places you never expected. “, he said at the time. .

In 2021, sales increased by 41% in the fashion house. It recorded revenue of €1.36bn (£1.17bn), 3% above pre-pandemic levels in 2019.

Piccioli is widely credited with growing demand, especially among Generation Z, a demographic highly coveted by the luxury market. Piccioli has also teamed up with Pantone to create a special “Pink PP” shade featured on everything from miniature bags to couture dresses, inspiring endless iterations on the high streets.

Related: Balenciaga designer apologizes for ‘inappropriate’ campaign featuring children

Other recipients of the evening included Bella Hadid, who won the Model of the Year award, and Grace Wales Bonner, founder of the Wales Bonner brand, who received the Independent British Brand award.

Designer Raf Simons, disability activist Sinéad Burke and former Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele were among 15 industry figures honored in the Leaders of Change lineup.

Elsewhere, 1990s Dazed & Confused magazine co-founder Jefferson Hack received a special recognition award for cultural curation from Tilda Swinton, while stylist and creative director Katie Grand received the Isabella Blow Fashion Designer Award .

The British fashion industry also paid tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II through a segment called “the fashion salute show”, featuring London brands such as Burberry, Alexander McQueen and Christopher Kane.

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