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Stella McCartney and Alexa Chung among winners at British Fashion Awards

General wiew of the award winners at the 2012 British Fashion Awards at the the Savoy Hotel, London. Picture: Ian West/PA Wire General wiew of the award winners at the 2012 British Fashion Awards at the the Savoy Hotel, London. Picture: Ian West/PA Wire

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
7:57 AM

Stella McCartney, who designed the Team GB London 2012 kit, picked up two gongs at the British Fashion Awards.

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Amber Valletta (left) and Salma Hayek (right) with Designer of The Year Stella McCartney. Picture: Ian West/PA WireAmber Valletta (left) and Salma Hayek (right) with Designer of The Year Stella McCartney. Picture: Ian West/PA Wire

The daughter of singing legend Paul McCartney was named Designer of the Year - the award recognised as the highest accolade in British fashion.

She also picked up the Designer Brand award on behalf of her label.

Yesterday evening’s event saw 12 other awards presented to fashion industry figures, with a host of big names presenting accolades and posing on the red carpet at London’s Savoy Hotel.

Hollywood star Salma Hayek presented McCartney with her Designer of the Year statuette, and British Fashion Council ambassador Samantha Cameron, wife of Prime Minister David Cameron, presented celebrity favourite Erdem with the New Establishment award.

Samantha Cameron with Erdem Moralioglu, winner of the New Establishment award. Picture: Ian West/PA WireSamantha Cameron with Erdem Moralioglu, winner of the New Establishment award. Picture: Ian West/PA Wire

The Outstanding Achievement in Fashion was awarded to shoe designer Manolo Blahnik.

Other winners included fashionista Alexa Chung who picked up the award for British Style, marking the third time she has been recognised at the British Fashion Awards for her style credentials. She remains the sole winner of this award since its introduction in 2010.

Harold Tillman, chairman of the British Fashion Council (BFC), won the Special Recognition award and said it has been an “exceptional year” for British Fashion.

He said: “The British Fashion Awards are a significant event which represent the culmination of extraordinary talent, creativity and innovation across the whole industry.

Kelly Brook at the 2012 British Fashion Awards. Picture: Ian West/PA WireKelly Brook at the 2012 British Fashion Awards. Picture: Ian West/PA Wire

“The ceremony provides the perfect conclusion to what has been an exceptional year for British fashion and we’re very proud to celebrate the achievements of all the nominees here this evening.”

Speaking about his award, he said: “The last five years have been extraordinary and seeing the BFC and the fashion industry go from strength to strength is a reward in itself so it is completely unexpected to be given this award.

“My term as chair ends in just a few weeks time and I am so grateful to all those at the BFC and our designers who have inspired and supported me in equal measure. It has been an honour to serve this great industry for so long - thank you all.”

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