QUEEN’S HONORS: Queen Elizabeth II has handed down honors to a clutch of names in the arts and fashion worlds as part of her annual New Year honors list. Mary Quant, the famed Sixties designer, was named a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire, or DBE, for services to British fashion. That adds to Quant’s existing honor as Officer of the Order of the British Empire. And Caroline Rush, chief executive officer of the British Fashion Council, was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, or CBE, for services to the British fashion industry, while Jane Shepherdson, ceo of Whistles, was also named a CBE for services to U.K. retail business. Julie Deane, the co-owner and founder of the Cambridge Satchel Co., was named an OBE for services to entrepreneurship.
Dickson Poon, the owner of Harvey Nichols and already a CBE, has been given a knighthood for services to business and charity, particularly higher education, which includes his donating 10 million pounds, or $15.5 million, to build the Dickson Poon University of Oxford China Centre Building at St. Hugh’s College at the University of Oxford.
In the arts world, Kristin Scott Thomas, already an OBE, was named a dame for services to drama, as was poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, for services to poetry, while writer Ali Smith was named a CBE for services to literature, and actor James Corden was named an OBE for services to drama. Actress Joan Collins was named a dame for her charitable and philanthropic work, including her patronage of a number of children’s charities. Collins received her honor as part of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office list of Britons living overseas.