We would have given her a medal just for this outfit alone, but today at Buckingham Palace Jimmy Choo founder and Chief Creative Officer Tamara Mellon has been awarded an OBE by the Queen, to acknowledge the jet-set style icon's business prowess as well as her philanthropic initiatives through the company.
Naturellement, La Mellon accepted the honour of being appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s birthday honours list with her usual sophisticated sense of style: in a spotty Dolce & Gabbana dress, crocodile frame bag, furry collar and dramatic black fedora hat (take note: those of you attending weddings this season). Mellon said of the award 'I am so thrilled to be receiving this great honour and to be recognised in this way. I am grateful to everyone at Jimmy Choo - and our customers around the globe - for helping make our success possible. While our brand has global reach, the roots and heritage of Jimmy Choo are uniquely British so I am especially pleased and proud of this honour.'
It's so cool to see a kick-ass British businesswoman being recognised in this way, and Mellon can take the credit for turning the shoe label into one of the world’s most treasured and prominent luxury brands - as well as spearheading the company’s years of global philanthropic initiatives, such as the 2010 PROJECT PEP collection of printed accessories which were sold to benefit Elton John's AIDS Foundation.
So, congratulations, Tamara - we're in awe. And we're not just talking about your outfit.