LONDON — Alexander McQueen won the British Designer of the Year award for the fourth time Thursday night at the Lycra British Style Awards.
McQueen, who was in Milan at the opening of his first store there, said via a live satellite linkup: “It’s sublime. It’s been a fantastic year, and I’m over the moon. I always try to be innovative, original and new, and I suppose I’m doing it right if I won.”
He won the award in 1996, in 1997 — together with John Galliano — and in 2001.
Hosted this year by Pamela Anderson — who, as reported in these columns, wore DoY nominee Stella McCartney — the British Style Awards are the country’s fashion Oscars. The televised event was held at Old Billingsgate Market in east London, and was followed by a candlelit gala dinner.
Sophia Kokosalaki won the award for New Generation Designer and Manolo Blahnik won for Accessory Designer. Glamour Designer of the Year went to Julien Macdonald, while two separate awards — Contemporary Designer and Men’s Wear Designer — went to Paul Smith.
Victoria and David Beckham scored a double victory with an award for Most Stylish Female Music Artist and Most Stylish Sports Personality. “David isn’t going to win any award for dressing me — maybe he’ll win one for undressing me,” joked Victoria, who collected both prizes.
Minnie Driver grabbed the prize for Most Stylish Movie Actress, and said it was the first award she had ever won.
“Now this [statue] can sit in my mum’s kitchen next to all of the drawings I made in primary school,” she said. Kim Cattrall won for Most Stylish Female TV Personality, and sprinted to the podium to collect her prize. “Well, that’s the most exercise I’ll have all day — or maybe not,” she quipped.
Hilary Alexander, fashion editor of The Daily Telegraph, never expected to win Most Stylish Journalist. Indeed, when she heard her name, she ran up to the podium in bare feet. “I’d slipped off my shoes because they were a bit tight — apologies to Miss Selfridge,” she said, referring to the British high street store.
Other award winners included Mario Testino for Most Stylish Photographer, Erin O’Connor for Most Stylish Model, Ewan McGregor for Most Stylish Movie Actor and Robbie Williams for Most Stylish Male Music Artist.
The voting panel consisted of more than 1,000 members of the fashion industry, including press, buyers and designers, while public voters consisted of The Sun and visitors to lycra.com.