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Tributes Paid To Alexander McQueen At British Fashion Awards

PTI 08 Dec 2010, 12:21:51 IST
Stars arriving at the British Fashion Awards in London, Tuesday (Dec 7)  paid tributes to Alexander McQueen.

The late designer was honored with a posthumous award at the ceremony at the Savoy Theatre: the Outstanding Achievement in Fashion Design award, in recognition of his career.

Arriving on the red carpet, Naomi Campbell looked back to the quiet moments with her friend.

"My favorite memory is a private memory," she said, "and I was very lucky to have a private dinner with him with Edward Enninful, just five of us, I always got to see him in that capacity of just having small little dinners, and he was an amazing designer ahead of his time and vision and a great friend, very distinctive and very insightful, he was a great, really great friend to me."

The supermodel won the Special Recognition award in tribute to her influence and contribution to the fashion industry over the last 25 years.

Designer of the year nominee Christopher Kane said McQueen was "a genius I think everyone will remember and respect that."

Looking ahead, model Yasmin Le Bon says the British fashion industry has a bright future.

"I think that we've all had years and years of fantastic hugely fantastic creative talent but now that we're getting to be able to mix a great business sense with the talent so, we just from strength to strength," she said.

Actress Thandie Newton agrees, saying British designers have long been making a splash.

"It's crucial I really do think that it, it predicts what's going to go on in the rest of the world," said Newton." If you think that we have designers that come from this country and how many of them have branched off into the rest of the world and also designed for amazing fashion houses in Europe, it's the British designers that keep things new and exciting and fresh. I'm really proud of what we achieve over here."

British Fashion Awards 2010 winners included model Alexa Chung, named British Style winner and E Tautz for the Menswear Designer prize.

Designer of the Year went to Phoebe Philo for Celine, while Mulberry was named best Designer Brand.

2010 winners:

Accessory Designer: Nicholas Kirkwood

Model: Lara Stone

Menswear Designer: E Tautz

Emerging Talent - Ready to Wear: Meadham Kirchhoff

Emerging Talent -Accessories: Husam El Odeh. AP