UK Fashion Council Honors Sarah Burton

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

The council says Burton — who earlier this year drew praise for designing Kate Middleton’s much-heralded wedding dress — has honored the late McQueen’s legacy as creative director while “still giving her own twist of creative genius” to a collection that “outshone its rivals on and off the catwalk.”

The glitzy, star-studded event at London’s Savory Hotel 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.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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