And the award for best designer goes to....

...Luella Bartley!

Known as the 'Queen of Brit cool', Luella picked up a much deserved 'Designer of the year' award last night (25/11/08) at the British Fashion Awards. A true pioneer and personal favourite of mine, I think Luella really earned this one as she really did work hard for it from what we saw especially from her last two collections and also have seen on the catwalks since her debut in 2000.

Nine other fashion figures were also honoured last night:

Swarovski Emerging Talent Award – Ready-to-Wear
Winner: Louise Goldin
Finalists: Danielle Scutt, Felder Felder

Swarovski Emerging Talent Award – Accessories
Winner: Nicholas Kirkwood
Charlotte Olympia , Anna Vince

Designer Brand
Winner: Jimmy Choo
Finalists: Agent Provocateur, Paul Smith

Red Carpet Designer
Winner: Matthew Williamson

Finalists: Giles Deacon, Stella McCartney

Model - Winner: Jourdan Dunn
Finalists: Agyness Deyn, Lily Donaldson

Menswear designer
Winner: Christopher Bailey for Burberry
Finalists: Paul Smith, Richard James

Winner: Richard James

Accessory designer
Winner: Rupert Sanderson
Nominees: Jonathan Kelsey, Lara Bohinc

Isabella Blow Award for Fashion creator

Winner: Tim Walker
Finalists: Pat McGrath, Terry Jones

Last but not least:

BFC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Fashion Design 2008:
Stephen Jones