Last night, the fashion industry recognized top talents at the 2011 British Fashion Awards giving top honours to Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. Taking home the Designer of the Year Award, Burton has certainly had a whirlwind of a year, from creating Kate Middleton’s wedding gown to an outstanding Spring 2012 collection inspired by the sea.
The biggest surprise of the night went to Victoria Beckham who won the Designer Brand Award, placing her against top nominees including Stella McCartney, Tom Ford and Burberry. Although still considered a young label, Beckham made a tearful speech thanking her design team and family.
The full list of winners at the 2011 British Fashion Awards 2011:
Designer of the Year: Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen
New Establishment Award: Christopher Kane
Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator: Sam Gainsbury of Gainsbury and Whiting
Red Carpet Award: Stella McCartney
Designer Brand Award: Victoria Beckham
Emerging Talent, Ready-to-Wear: Mary Katrantzou
Emerging Talent, Accessories: Tabitha Simmons
Emerging Talent, Menswear: Christopher Raeburn for Louis Vuitton
Menswear Designer: Kim Jones
Model Award: Stella Tennant
Accessory Designer of the Year: Charlotte Delall for Charlotte Olympia
Outstanding Achievement in Fashion: Paul Smith
British Style Award: Alexa Chung
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