The British Fashion Awards were last night, and while the big winner was Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen, who took home Designer of the Year, the more surprising news is that industry bigwigs signalled their increasing acceptance of celebrity-designer-WAG-Spice-Girl hyphenate ne plus ultra Victoria Beckham by giving her the Designer Brand Award. (Fashion's establishment is rarely receptive to famous folks who get an inkling they'd like to design; editors who apparently can't tell the difference between a runway show and a 9th grade lunch table snickered and eye-rolled at one of Beckham's shows this year.) Beckham reportedly cried when she took the stage. She then said, "I'm sorry, I'm so rubbish," and thanked her husband and her "team" profusely. Meanwhile, in the public vote for British Style Icon, Alexa Chung beat out Kate Middleton (who was initially passed over for the shortlist, and then added a day later, after the media noticed the slight). "This is for girls who dress like awkward boys," said Chung. Presenter Kate Hudson recalled feeling "like the coolest, hippest girl in the world" when she wore Stella McCartney to the Oscars in 2001. The next morning, hungover and still Oscar-less, Hudson turned on her TV and learned "I'd made every worst-dressed list known to mankind. Later I called Stella — and we laughed our asses off." Above is Beckham, Eva Longoria in one of Beckham's dresses, and Hudson in the offending Stella McCartney. [@HilaryAlexander, WWD]
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