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The 2011 British Fashion Awards

Victoria Beckham and Marc Jacobs

Over the past few years, the UK’s annual celebration of achievements in British fashion has burst onto the radar and garnered almost as much attention as the American counterpart, the CFDA Awards. This year, with a star-studded line-up of winners, presenters, and attendees, the British Fashion Council, and the judging panel, which includes every major editor in the UK and some from America, honored some of the most notable established and emerging designers in Britain.

Victoria Beckham and Marc JacobsSarah Burton

Hosted by television personalities, George Lamb and Lauren Laverne, faces such as Kate Hudson, Marc Jacobs, Colin Firth, and Kate Moss joined industry leaders to fete British talent. Most notably celebrated were Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, who was favorite to win Designer of the Year, Victoria Beckham, who beat out brands such as Burberry and Tom Ford for Designer Brand, and Mary Katrantzou, whose print-heavy collections have finally earned her a place in the big leagues. The only award with a public vote, the British Style award, resulted in a surprising result as Alexa Chung took home the prize for the second year in a row, in spite of many being convinced that the prize would go to the Duchess of Cambridge.

Alexa ChungStella McCartney

Here is the complete list of this year’s winners:

  • Emerging Talent Award – Ready-To-Wear: Mary Katrantzou
  • Emerging Talent Award – Menswear: Christopher Raeburn
  • Emerging Talent Award – Accessories: Tabitha Simmons
  • Accessory Designer: Charlotte Olympia
  • Menswear Designer: Kim Jones
  • Designer Brand: Victoria Beckham
  • Model: Stella Tennant
  • BFC Outstanding Achievement: Paul Smith
  • Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator: Sam Gainsbury
  • Red Carpet Award: Stella McCartney
  • Designer of the Year: Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen
  • New Establishment Award: Christopher Kane
  • British Style Award: Alexa Chung


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