- Vivian Hendriksz |
Founder and former executive chairman of the Net-a-Porter Group, Natalie Massenet, has been named a Dame on Queen Elizabeth II annual New Year Honours list. She has been named a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in honour of her contributions to the British economy and fashion industry.
Massenet stepped down from her role as chairman at the Net-a-Porter Group prior to its merging with Italian fashion group Yoox earlier this year. She remains chairman at the British Fashion Council and recently established a new company, which is known as Imaginary Ventures.
Although foreigners usually are not allowed to use the honorific titles granted by the Queen, as Massenet holds dual British and American citizenship, she will be able to join the likes of Vivienne Westwood and Anita Roddick by calling herself a dame.
Other individuals from the fashion industry who have been named by the Queen this year include: Jacqueline Gold, the Chief Executive Officer of Ann Summers and Knickerbox, who has been named Commander of the British Empire (CBE); Alison Lewy, founder of Fashion Angel, who has been named Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE); and Helen Dickinson, Chief Executive of the BRC, who has been named a Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE).