Just before the holiday weekend, we told you that Paul Smith was set to be given the outstanding achievement prize by the British Fashion Council at this year’s British Fashion Awards, which was held this past Monday in London. Smith, of course, wasn’t the only happy recipient that evening. Sarah Burton, who took control of the Alexander McQueen line last year after the eponymous designer passed away, took home the Designer of the Year award. Explaining their decision for the win, the Council writes that Burton “has allowed McQueen’s legacy to live on while still giving her own twist of creative genius to a collection that has outshone its rivals on and off the catwalk.” Stella McCartney took home the Red Carpet prize, which recognized “the quantity and quality of her designs worn on the red carpet” and Victoria Beckham was awarded the somewhat similar prize for Designer Brand, awarded to a fashion company that has “focused growth strategy with each new product range receiving media praise and achieving high levels of sell through.” A full list of all the night’s winners can be found here, and here’s video of Burton’s win:
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