Queen honours top fashion names

Lulu Kennedy and Barbara Hulancki amongst the fashion names recognised on the Queen’s New Year honours list

Lulu Kennedy, the founder of the Fashion East initiative, is amongst a clutch of top names from the British fashion industry recognised on the Queen’s New Year honours list.

Kennedy received an MBE for services to the fashion industry for her work with the London Fashion Week project, which helps nurture emerging designers through the tricky early stages of their career. Success stories include the likes of Gareth Pugh, Jonathan Saunders, Richard Nicoll, Holly Fulton and Roksanda Ilincic.

Biba founder and designer Barbara Hulanicki, who has also produced collections for Topshop and George at ASDA, was also honoured in the Queen’s list with an OBE. The former fashion illustrator founded the iconic London clothes store in 1964 and with it the first affordable fast fashion brand. The shop became as famous for its starry clientele, including Marianne Faithful, Yoko Ono and Brigitte Bardot, as much as its affordable clothes, and became synonymous with ‘60s London cool.

Shoe designer Emma Hope was awarded an MBE, as were husband and wife duo and Links of London founders, John Ayton and Annoushka Ducas.

Actress and current Marc Jacobs poster girl Helena Bonham Carter is also made a CBE.

Congratulations everyone!

PICS: HELENA BONHAM CARTER FOR MARC JACOBS

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