Victoria Beckham was in tears last night as her clothing label won Designer Brand of The Year at the British Fashion Awards. When handed the trophy by designer pal Marc Jacobs, shy Posh covered her face and said: “I am so nervous.”
She then gave a tearful, heart-felt speech in which she thanked her supporters. She said: “I would like to thank the British fashion industry for your support, I’d like to thank my team, you all know who you are, your focus, your creativity…. Simon Fuller…..my parents, my kids and my husband. Without him I wouldn’t have had the courage to do what I am doing.” She had to pause several times as she was clearly overcome with emotion.
The British Fashion Council honored Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen as Designer of the Year for 2011. Burton drew praise for designing Kate Middleton‘s much-heralded wedding dress.
The council said 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.”
More from the awards, plus the full list of winners…
Model Stella Tennant picked up the gong for a ‘British model who has contributed to the international fashion scene in the past year’, beating fellow nominees Kristen McMenamy and Georgia Jagger. Unfortunately for her, she exposed a nipple while posing for photos in the press room after winning her award.
2011 British Fashion Awards Winners
Emerging talent award – ready to wear: Mary Katrantzou
Emerging talent award – accessories: Tabitha Simmons
Emerging talent award – menswear: Christopher Raeburn
Accessory designer: Charlotte Olympia
Menswear designer: Kim Jones
Designer brand: Victoria Beckham
Model: Stella Tennant
BFC outstanding achievement in fashion: Paul Smith
Isabella Blow award for fashion creator: Sam Gainsbury
Red carpet award: Stella McCartney
Designer of the year: Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen
New establishment award: Christopher Kane
British style award brought to you by Vodafone: Alexa Chung