Taking place at London’s renovated Savoy Hotel last night, the 2010 British Fashion Awards brought together some of the biggest and brightest stars for a country that’s known for its traditional craftsmanship as much as its avant-garde edge. Phoebe Philo, the creative director of Celine, won the top award —Designer of the Year — beating nominees including Christopher Kane and Erdem Moralioglu at the annual ceremony organized by the British Fashion Council. Other winners included Alexa Chung for Stylemaker of the Year; Mulberry for Designer Brand; Nicholas Kirkwood for Accessory Designer; Patrick Grant of E. Tautz for Menswear Designer, and Meadham Kirchhoff for Emerging Talent, Ready-to-Wear. Husam El Odeh won for Emerging Talent, Accessories, while Nicola Formichetti won the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator. Finally, the late Alexander McQueen was honored for Outstanding Achievement in Fashion Design with a touching tribute by Nick Knight.
Among the new awards this year was a Special Recognition Awards to Naomi Campbell for her 25-year career, A Digital Innovation Award handed to Burberry and Model of the Year for Lara Stone.
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