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Sarah Burton Wins at British Fashion Awards

Alexander McQueen's creative director named Designer of the Year.

LONDON — Sarah Burton, creative director at Alexander McQueen, won the top accolade — Designer of the Year — at the 2011 British Fashion Awards on Monday night.

This story first appeared in the November 29, 2011 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

The British Fashion Council said Burton has allowed McQueen’s legacy to live “while still giving her own twist of creative genius to a collection that has outshone its rivals on and off the catwalk.”

Other winners at the annual ceremony, which took place at the Savoy Theatre here, included Stella McCartney, Victoria Beckham, Christopher Kane, Kim Jones and Charlotte Dellal.

McCartney scooped up the Red Carpet Award, while Beckham received the Designer Brand one. Kane won the inaugural New Establishment Award, which recognizes an industry trendsetter. Jones was named Menswear Designer of the Year, while Dellal won Accessory Designer of the Year for her Charlotte Olympia label.

Sir Paul Smith won the Outstanding Achievement in Fashion prize, which recognizes the designer who throughout his or her career has made an impact on the industry internationally.

Alexa Chung took home the British Style Award — which is decided by a public vote — while Stella Tennant collected the Model Award. Fashion show and events producer Sam Gainsbury received the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator.

Mary Katrantzou, Tabitha Simmons and Christopher Raeburn each won emerging talent awards for women’s wear, accessories and men’s wear, respectively.