London’s fashion flock stepped out last night at the Savoy to recognize Britain’s best at the British Fashion Awards. The big winner of the night was Pheobe Philo, the creative director of Celine, who took home Designer of the Year. Since taking the helm of the French ready-to-wear house two years ago, the designer has turned the label into one of the most sought after brands. The queen of minimalism beat out fellow Brits Christopher Kane and Erdem Moralioglu who were also nominated for the award. In other categories, Mulberry defeated Victoria Beckham, among others, for the Best Designer Brand of the Year award. And although she didn’t take away the prize, Victoria looked ravishing in a black gown from her label with a dramatic thigh-high slit.
Lara Stone won the battle of the pretty faces, nabbing Model of the Year. The Dutch beauty looked every bit the part of top model, opting for a simple white Calvin Klein sheath. Based on popular vote, Alexa Chung was crowned the winner of the British Style Award, recognizing “an individual who embodies the spirit of London and is an international ambassador for London as a leading creative fashion force”. Fittingly, the beautiful Brit did her country proud donning a whimsical powder pink Chanel frock. The late Alexander McQueen was also posthumously honoured with an award for Outstanding Achievement in Fashion Design. We also think Claudia Schiffer deserves an honourable mention for her radiant ensemble by revolutionary London-based print master Mary Katrantzou, who earlier this month took home the 2011 Swiss Textile Award for her spring collection.