By Julia Eskins
Photography by Darren Gerrish and courtesy of the British Fashion Council
This week, a global nod of approval followed the 2012 British Fashion Awards, which celebrated British and international fashion industries.
The Tuesday evening award show, held by the British Fashion Council, presented 14 awards to leaders in fashion, creativity, design and style. The event took place at the Savoy Hotel and theatre and attracted notable guests like Valentino, Manolo Blahnik CBE and Sarah Burton.
The highest accolade of the evening went to British fashion designer, Stella McCartney, who took home the British Designer of the Year Award. It has undoubtedly been a successful year for her, as she created the uniforms for the Great Britain team at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
A Canadian label that is London-based, Erdem, won the New Establishment Award. The Montréal designer behind the line, Erdem Moralioglu, has quickly gained global attention for dressing A-listers and royals, including Anne Hathaway, Keira Knightley and Kate Middleton.
Manolo Blahnik CBE took home the prestigious award of Outstanding Achievement in Fashion, which recognizes a designer whose career has made a lasting impact on the international fashion industry.
Full list of winners
British Style Award Alexa Chung presented by Valentino
Outstanding Achievement in Fashion Manolo Blahnik CBE presented by Zaha Hadid DBE
Emerging Talent Award – Ready-To-Wear J.W. Anderson presented by Pixie Geldof
Emerging Talent Award – Accessories Sophie Hulme presented by Marc Newson
Emerging Talent Award – Menswear Jonathan Saunders presented by Ronnie Wood
Special Recognition Harold Tillman CBE presented by HRH Princess Beatrice of York
Red Carpet Award Roksanda Ilincic presented by Andrea Riseborough
Accessory Designer Nicholas Kirkwood presented by Susie Bick
Designer Brand Stella McCartney presented by Amber Valletta
Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator Louise Wilson OBE presented by Jonathan Saunders
New Establishment Erdem presented by Samantha Cameron
Model Cara Delevingne presented by Ellen Von Unwerth
Menswear Designer Kim Jones for Louis Vuitton presented by Lily Cooper
Designer of the Year Stella McCartney presented by Salma Hayek