Huge congratulations to Stella McCartney who won two gongs at the British Fashion Awards last night including designer of the year…
Judging by her stunning sartorial creations and Olympic ambitions, it comes as no surprise really…
In her acceptance speech, Stella mentioned an ‘anonymous’ CEO who told her she would never make it on her own: ‘He said to me: “Stella, you will live to regret this. You will fail, and I offer to you to stay here in Paris and start your brand with us.”
‘I was really grateful for his offer, but I stuck to my instincts and told him that I still wanted to go.
‘As I left he said in a French accent “You need to learn. There has never in history of fashion been a British fashion house with a woman’s name on the label that has ever been truly global.”
‘So I guess I have to thank him – Mr Anonymous. I will never forget the way that I felt when I left his office. I could not have felt more determined to prove him wrong.
See what happens when you work hard, people?!
And the winners are….
Designer of the Year – Stella McCartney
Designer Brand – Stella McCartney
British Style (brought to you by Vodafone) – Alexa Chung
Outstanding Achievement in Fashion – Manolo Blahnik
CBE Emerging Talent Award (Ready-To-Wear) – J.W. Anderson
Emerging Talent Award (Accessories) – Sophie Hulme
Emerging Talent Award (Menswear) – Jonathan Saunders
Special Recognition – Harold Tillman CBE
Red Carpet Award – Roksanda Ilincic
Accessory Designer – Nicholas Kirkwood
Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator – Louise Wilson OBE
New Establishment – Erdem
Model – Cara Delevingne
Menswear Designer – Kim Jones for Louis Vuitton