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McCartney Named British Designer Of The Year
Designer Stella McCartney was the big winner at this year's British Fashion Awards after picking up two gongs.
The daughter of singing legend Sir 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, topping off a busy year which brought her designs to the world stage in the form of Team GB's London 2012 kit.
The ceremony 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.
While Hollywood star Salma Hayek presented McCartney with her Designer of the Year statuette, British Fashion Council (BFC) ambassador Samantha Cameron presented celebrity favourite Erdem with the New Establishment award.
The honour of Outstanding Achievement in Fashion was awarded to shoe designer Manolo Blahnik - an award thought of as one of the most significant of the evening.
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, and she remains the sole winner of this award since its introduction in 2010.
Harold Tillman, chairman of the 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.
"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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