original story : By Lucy Cotter, Entertainment Correspondent | Sky New
Karl Lagerfeld, the head of Chanel, was honoured by fashion’s finest at The British Fashion Awards last night.
At 82 he has been in the business for nearly 70 years.
Presenting his award was Anna Wintour, editor of Vogue, who described the designer as a “one man super brand,” telling the audience “more than anyone I know he represents the soul of fashion”.
Taking home best womenswear and menswear was JW Anderson and Best Brand went to Stella McCartney.
Earlier in the evening David and Victoria Beckham walked the red carpet along with Lily Allen, Yasmin Le Bon and Tinie Tempah – all paying tribute to the British fashion industry.
The industry is big business worth around £26bn to the economy and it employs around 800,000 people – but one thing everyone agreed on was it could do more to be representative in terms of both size and race.
Model Erin O’Connor said: “Here in London we really champion diversity and individuality and I think we should be proud to share that with the rest of the world.”
Model and television presenter Alexa Chung said: “It seems to have grown up and gone from being incredibly innovative and really saleable.”