There couldn’t have been a happier ending to 2012 for designer Stella McCartney, who was named both Designer and Designer Brand of the Year at the British Fashion Awards last night.
Both gongs come in recognition of her thriving label, which has seen international success this year in new store openings and soaring profits, as well as on the red carpet. A-listers such as Rihanna, Gwyneth Paltrow and Nicole Kidman have all chosen McCartney's dresses, as did Team GB at the Olympics earlier this year for whom McCartney created a national kit. Fashion and sports fans alike agreed she had done a great job, with her deconstructed Union Jack prints and sleek modern finishes.
A total of 14 awards were handed out during the event at the Savoy Hotel, including one for Manolo Blahnik who was recognised for his extraordinary career as a shoe designer spanning more than 30 years.
The full list of winners
Designer of the Year: Stella McCartney
Designer Brand: Stella McCartney
New Establishment: Erdem
Menswear Designer: Kim Jones for Louis Vuitton
Emerging Talent Award, Ready-To-Wear: JW Anderson
Emerging Talent Award, Accessories: Sophie Hulme
Emerging Talent Award, Menswear: Jonathan Saunders
Accessory Designer: Nicholas Kirkwood
Red Carpet Award: Roksanda Ilincic
Model of the Year: Cara Delevingne
Outstanding Achievement in Fashion: Manolo Blahnik CBE
Special Recognition: Harold Tillman CBE
Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator: Louise Wilson OBE
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