In a perfect end to an incredible year that has seen great things for the UK – aside from my arrival of course – from the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee to a gold rush courtesy of Britain’s sporting talents; the two events align as fashion designer Stella McCartney is awarded an OBE.
The British designer, who created the Team GB apparel for the London Olympians, was among a select list of 71 names to be included in the Queen’s New Year Honours List for 2013. McCartney collaborated with British sports brand Adidas – with whom she has previously designed for – to craft the kits. Awarded an OBE for her services to the fashion industry, this latest achievement takes McCartney out of 2012 with an impressive bang following her receipt of the Designer Brand and Designer of the Year accolade at the 2012 British Fashion Awards earlier this month.
With Strictly Come Dancing 2012 champion and Olympic gymnast, Louis Smith together with cyclist Victoria Pendleton and Paralympic swimmer, Ellie Simmonds, took to McCartney’s front row at London Fashion Week in September, more of the country’s Olympians join the fashionista in attracting royal recognition. Cyclist Bradley Wiggins and sailor Ben Ainslie received knighthoods, while para-cyclist Sarah Storey was made a Dame and CBEs were awarded to Mr Mo-Bot himself, Mo Farah, Victoria Pendleton, rower Katherin Grainger, Paralympic wheelchair athlete David Weir and heptathlete and face of the games, Jessica Ennis.
As the world of sport and fashion came together, further names to be featured in the Queen’s 2013 Honours List included artist Tracey Emin who was awarded Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), while both fashion commentator Caryn Franklin and Harriet Vine, co-founder of jewellery label Tatty Devine, received an Order of the British Empire (OBE).