Christopher Bailey named best designer of the year at British Fashion Awards

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Burberry's creative director Christopher Bailey snatched the main prize at the British Fashion Awards December 9.

It was a double win for the British label since Burberry also bagged the Designer Brand award. With so much praise from the British Fashion Council, it seems as if Bailey didn't have another choice than announcing that he would continue showing his Burberry Prorsum collection (which returned to London Fashion Week for its 25th anniversary in September) in the British capital in February, which is what he did.

Bailey recently made waves by taking the luxury label to new social networking heights, including the interactive Art of the Trench site and enhanced Facebook activity, which many agree is the way forward in fashion.

Other big winners of the night included rock star offspring Georgia May Jagger who was named Model of the Year - she landed major gigs this year ranging from a Vogue cover to jeans and beauty campaigns - and US Vogue's Grace Coddington, the secret star of fashion documentary, The September Issue, who was honored with the Isabella Blow Award.

Dior's John Galliano, who started out in London, was praised for his Outstanding Achievement in Fashion Design, and model Kate Moss won the 'London 25' award for embodying the city's fashion spirit.

Here is the complete list of winners:

Swarovski Emerging Talent Award for Accessories: Holly Fulton
Swarovski Emerging Talent Award for Ready-to-Wear: Peter Pilotto
Designer Brand of the Year: Burberry
Model of the Year: Georgia Jagger
Accessory Designer of the Year: Katie Hillier
Menswear Designer of the Year: Kim Jones for Dunhill
BFC Outstanding Achievement in Fashion Design: John Galliano
Grazia and BFC London 25 Award: Kate Moss
Isabella Blow Award: Grace Coddington
BFC British Collection of the Year: Christopher Kane
BFC Designer of the Year: Christopher Bailey

On the occasion of its anniversary, the BFC simultaneously released a list of the UK's most powerful people in fashion, the so-called '25 Power List.' Unsurprisingly, designer Vivienne Westwood, Topshop owner Philip Green, and the BFC's executive suite are featured on the list. Other personalities, however, who would seem an obvious fit - think designer Stella McCartney or UK Vogue's editor-in-chief Alexandra Shulman - are missing.

Here is the complete '25 Power List:'

Alexander McQueen CBE
Anna Whiting & Sam Gainsbury
Anya Hindmarch MBE
Christopher Bailey
Dame Vivienne Westwood
David Bailey
Erin O'Connor
Guido Palau
Harold Tillman
Hilary Riva OBE
Hussein Chalayan
Joan Burstein CBE
John Galliano CBE
Kate Moss
Louise Wilson
Lulu Kennedy
Mandi Lennard
Naomi Campbell
Nick Knight
Pat McGrath
Russell Marsh
Sir Paul Smith
Sir Philip Green
Sir Stuart Rose
Stephen Jones

Site: www.britishfashioncouncil.com

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