Stella McCartney Named ‘Designer of the Year’ at British Fashion Awards

It’s been quite a year for Stella McCartney. She followed up her “Team GB” Olympic gear with a smashingly sporty spring 2013 collection and last night trumped fellow nominees Christopher Kane and Mary Katrantzou to take home Designer of the Year honors at the British Fashion Awards (a full list of winners is below), held at London’s Edwardian-meets-Art Deco Savoy Hotel. Her 11-year-old label also took home the prize for Designer Brand, awarded to a fashion company that has “focused growth strategy with each new product range receiving media praise and achieving high levels of sell through.”

Owner PPR seized the moment to announce that it has added Stella McCartney to a newly-created joint venture with molto clever e-tailer YOOX to manage online stores of PPR brands such as Bottega Veneta, Yves Saint Laurent, and Alexander McQueen. The Stella McCartney online store will be launched globally by the end of this year and will go live in China by the end of 2013, according to a statement issued this morning.

Here’s the full list of last night’s British Fashion Awards winners:
Outstanding Achievement in Fashion: Manolo Blahnik

Emerging Talent Award – Ready-to-wear: J.W. Anderson

Emerging Talent Award – Accessories: Sophie Hulme

Emerging Talent Award – Menswear: Jonathan Saunders

Model: Cara Delevingne

Designer Brand: Stella McCartney

Menswear Designer: Kim Jones for Louis Vuitton

Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator: Louise Wilson

Red Carpet Award: Roksanda Ilincic

Accessory Designer: Nicholas Kirkwood

New Establishment Award: Erdem (Erdem Moralioglu)

Designer of the Year: Stella McCartney