Among those honoured was Luella Bartley, who, despite having had a financially troublesome 2009, has started 2010 in a somewhat more uplifting manner, having been awarded the MBE for her services to the fashion industry. And speaking of uplifting, Michelle Mone, founder of Ultimo MJM International, has also been honoured with an OBE for her services to the lingerie industry.
Fashionista is also thrilled that Amanda Wakeley was honoured with an OBE for not just her services to the fashion industry, but also her exceptional charity work as one of the founders of Fashion Targets Breast Cancer. Catherine Kidston was also given the MBE for her services to business, as the founder and creative director of Cath Kidston.
Others honoured for their services to fashion were legendary milliner Stephen Jones (OBE), tailor Timothy Everest (MBE) and designer and master tailor Imtaz Khaliq (MBE).
Fashionista was over the moon to see the number of fashionistas being recognised in what has been a challenging year for the retail industry. Who knows maybe next year Fashionista will find herself on the most coveted list in town … one can dream!