UK fashion council honors Sarah Burton

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Posted: Nov 28, 2011 5:14 PM
UK fashion council honors Sarah Burton

The British Fashion Council on Monday honored Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen as Designer of the Year for 2011.

The council said Burton _ who earlier this year drew praise for designing Kate Middleton's much-heralded wedding dress _ 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."

The glitzy, star-studded gathering on Monday also honored Paul Smith with the Outstanding Achievement in Fashion award to recognize the designer's impact on the industry.

The council called Smith "inspirational" and a "true icon" for all he brings to fashion.

Celebrity favorite Stella McCartney picked up the Red Carpet award in recognition of the "quantity and quality of her designs worn on the red carpet," while Victoria Beckham nabbed the Designer Brand award for her label's focused growth strategy and loyal followers across the globe.

A-listers including model Kate Moss and actor Colin Firth joined fashion icons including Marc Jacobs for the event held at London's Savoy Hotel.