Congratulations to Lulu Kennedy, who has been awarded an MBE in the Queen's New Year Honours list. Lulu, who is the founder and director of Fashion East, has been an avid supporter of young design talent in the UK since 2000. Fashion East is a non-profit initiative, which helps new designers by giving them the opportunity to present a catwalk show during London Fashion Week, and present their collections to buyers during Paris Fashion Week. Over the last eleven years Lulu has helped launch the now very successful careers of household designer names like Jonathan Saunders, Richard Nicoll, House of Holland and Roksanda Illincic. Her latest trio of talent for SS12 is Marques'Almeida, Maarten van der Horst and James Long. Plus with her Lulu & co label, which sells pieces designed by past Fashion East alumni, Lulu has a huge range of looks to chose from when picking her outift for the Palace!
Also taking in 2012 with new letters to add to their email signatures, include shoe designer Emma Hope, and husband and wife team, John Ayton and Annoushka Ducas, founders of Links of London and now Annoushka jewellery - all three received MBEs. An OBE was awarded to Barbara Hulanicki who founded the iconic clothes store, Biba, in the 1960s. It became the destination shop for any fashion hungry shopper, and the Rolling Stones, David Bowie and Marianne Faithful were regulars. Since the store closed in the 70s, Barbara has designed for several labels including Cacharel, and even launched a very successful collection with Topshop two years ago. Finally, a CBE went to Christopher Inman who is the honorary treasurer of the British Fashion Council.
Congratulations to all!