NAME OF THE DAME: On Friday at Buckingham Palace, Natalie Massenet was named Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her contributions and services to the U.K. economy.
The Prince of Wales bestowed Massenet with the insignia of the Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. Massenet wore a a scarlet red wool crêpe peplum skirt suit from Ralph and Russo with Manolo Blahnik shoes.
“I am thrilled and completely overwhelmed to be awarded this honor,” Massenet said. “I also feel humbled by it, because during my career I have been privileged to have worked with so many brilliant and inspiring people, all of whom have contributed to the success of our fashion industry.”
Massenet is chairman of the British Fashion Council and the founder and former executive chairman of the Net-a-porter Group. Last year, she stepped down from her role at the e-tailer before its merger with the Yoox Group. Since then, Massenet has created a new company, Imaginary Ventures Ltd., based in London. She holds dual British and American citizenship.
Other recent recipients of Queen’s honors include Jacqueline Gold, the chief executive officer of Ann Summers and Knickerbox, who was awarded the Commander of the British Empire or CBE. Alison Lewy, founder of Fashion Angel, was named MBE or Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.
Other famous dames include Joan Collins, Carol Ann Duffy, Mary Quant, Zandra Rhodes, Zaha Hadid, Judi Dench, and Helen Mirren.