February 19, 2016
By Marcellous L. Jones
Photos by Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
London, UK – The Franco-British fashion pioneer and business Nathalie Massenet has made Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. She received the honor for her distinguished services to the promotion of fashion and retail. Prince Charles of Wales presented the award to her today at Buckingham Palace.
Dame Massenet is a former fashion journalist. In 2o00 she founded the online luxury retailer Net-à-Porter.com, which is credited with making luxury ready-to-wear more readily available and accessible to the masses through online technologies.
In 2009 she was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to the fashion industry. Since 2013 she has been the Chairman of the British Fashion Council. Also in that year the US edition of Glamour magazine elected her as Woman of the Year. And in 2014, Time Magazine named her as one of the 100 most influential people.
Her election to the honor of Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) was originally announced in January 2016. For today’s ceremony Dame Massenet chose to wear a beautiful red ensemble by British fashion and couture house, Ralph & Russo.