Fashion: Milliner gets his crowning glory

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Collecting an OBE is surely an occasion which calls for a hat. Fortunately, the Cheshire-born milliner extraordinaire Stephen Jones, who is among a number of fashion-industry figures on the New Year Honours List, will have plenty of his own fantastic creations to choose from when he receives his.

Anyone who takes an interest in high fashion will be thrilled to see that Jones's talent for witty, whimsical and imaginative titfers has finally been recognised.

Luella Bartley, another British designer who is a favourite within fashion circles, is to be made an MBE. The accolade comes after a devastating few months for the designer, whose prom-style cocktail dresses have been worn by Alexa Chung and Princess Beatrice. She was forced to cease trading in November when her backers pulled their investment, and is considering options for preserving the future of her label.

As well as high-fashion designers – including Amanda Wakeley, who will be made an OBE – the Honours list reflects the diverse facets of the British fashion industry, from tailors to entrepreneurs. The London-based tailor Imtaz Khaliq, who runs tailoring courses from her Islington studio, and Timothy Everest, who is famous for his blend of flair and tradition, will be appointed MBEs.

Michelle Mone, the founder of the lingerie brand Ultimo, and Cath Kidston, whose retro clothes and homewares helped to rehabilitate chintz, will be appointed OBE and MBE respectively.

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