The 2011 British Fashion Awards took place at the Savoy Hotel in London tonight. The evening's big winners included Alexander McQueen's Sarah Burton (Designer of the Year), Stella Tennant (Model of the Year), and Victoria Beckham (Designer Brand of the Year) — who, according to Hilary Alexander, was near tears when she accepted the award from Marc Jacobs.
For the second year running, Alexa Chung got the most votes from the British public to receive the British Style Award. This meant poor Kate Middleton, added to the short list after a newspaper's campaign and overwhelming support, lost out. (Right now, back in Kensington Palace, she's surely pacing through a cavernous walk-in wardrobe full of panty hose, modest hemlines, and L.K. Bennett wedges, wondering where it all went wrong.) See below for the full list of the night's winners and nominees (with the winners' names in bold).
Designer of the Year: Sarah Burton, Christopher Kane, Erdem Moralioglu
Designer Brand of the Year: Victoria Beckham, Burberry, Stella McCartney, Tom Ford
Menswear Designer of the Year: Kim Jones, Margaret Howell, Oliver Spencer
Accessories Designer of the Year: Charlotte Dellal (for Charlotte Olympia), Emma Hill (for Mulberry), Kate Hillier
Model of the Year: Stella Tennant, Kristen McMenamy, Georgia May Jagger
Red Carpet of the Year: Stella McCartney, Victoria Beckham, Antonio Berardi
New Establishment Award: Christopher Kane, Erdem Moralioglu, Jonathan Saunders
Emerging Talent Award (in RTW): Mary Katrantzou, Peter Pilotto, J. W. Anderson
Emerging Talent Award (in Menswear): Christopher Raeburn, J. W. Anderson, James Long
Emerging Talent Award (in Accessories): Tabitha Simmons, Nasir Mazhar, Jordan Askill
Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator: Sam Gainsbury, Katie Grand, Guido Palau
Outstanding Achievement in Fashion Award: Sir Paul Smith
British Style Award: Alexa Chung