BRITAIN’S HONOR ROLL: A clutch of figures in the British fashion industry got the nod in Queen Elizabeth II’s New Year Honors list for 2011.
Barbara Hulanicki, the founder of the Sixties retail emporium Biba, who has since designed collections for Topshop, Habitat and George at Asda, was named an OBE, or Officer of the Order of the British Empire, for services to the fashion industry. “I’m just absolutely thrilled. It’s thrilling for a Polish person to get an award like that from the Queen,” said the Polish-born, England-raised designer over the telephone from her home in Miami. “And half of it does belong to my husband of course, because it’s for Biba.” Hulanicki founded Biba together with her late husband Stephen Fitz-Simon.
Meanwhile, Lulu Kennedy, the founder of the Fashion East program that supports young London-based designers, was named a Member of the Order of the British Empire, or an MBE.
Footwear designer Emma Hope was also named an MBE, while Christopher Inman, honorary treasurer of the British Fashion Council, was named an OBE for services to the fashion industry.
Other figures named in the list included Helena Bonham Carter, who was awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, or CBE, for services to drama, while Marc Newson was named a CBE as part of the diplomatic and overseas list, for services to design in the U.K. and worldwide. And Clive Christian, the British interior designer and perfumer, was named an OBE for services to the luxury goods industry.