Stella McCartney has been awarded an OBE for her services to fashion, following a year in which she designed Team GB’s Olympic and Paralympic outfits.
McCartney designed more than 500 items of sportswear for the home team, and joins several other heroes of the sporting highlight of 2012 in being recognised in the New Year Honours List. Olympian athletes such as cyclist Bradley Wiggins and sailor Ben Ainslie were awarded knighthoods, while runner Mo Farah and heptathlete Jessica Ennis were among those to receive CBEs.
It tops of an impressive year for the designer, in which she also picked up two British Fashion Awards, including Designer of the Year. Commercially she also saw success with the launch of a new store in New York, a fragrance and a new lingerie line.
She was not the only industry name to receive a nod from Her Majesty.
Caryn Franklin, founder of All Walks Beyond the Catwalk, was also honoured for her services to diversity within the fashion industry. And John James Fenwick, deputy chairman of the department store, was recognised for his services to the retail industry.