STELLA MCCARTNEY has been awarded an OBE for her services to the fashion industry. The designer, who created the Team GB Olympic kits, was one of 71 names to be included in the Queen's New Year Honours List 2013.
McCartney worked with Adidas to ensure that the British Olympic athletes were among the Games' most stylish sportsmen and women, causing envy among the international teams - as Olympic gold-winning rower Pete Reed told us this summer. The accolade tops off a very successful year for the London-based design star, having won Designer Brand and Designer of the Year at the 2012 British Fashion Awards earlier this month.
The Queen's New Year Honours List also featured artist Tracey Emin, who received a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE); fashion commentator and All Walks Beyond The Catwalk founder Caryn Franklin was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE), while Harriet Vine and Rosie Wolfenden - co-founders of jewellery label Tatty Devine - were given MBEs. Fenwick deputy chairman John James Fenwick was honoured with a CBE for his services to the retail industry.
"It's incredibly exciting to be recognised for our achievements," the pair said in a joint statement. "We are very proud and honoured to be awarded in this year's list. We have always been driven to create new, original and exciting jewellery and always will. It's at the heart of what we do. We love fashion and everything that it encompasses: style, individualism, and expressing yourself. So we see our award as giving recognition to creativity in the broadest sense."
A special honours list was created to celebrate the achievements of the country's Olympians, with knighthoods going to cyclist Bradley Wiggins and sailor Ben Ainslie, while para-cyclist Sarah Storey was made a Dame. CBEs were awarded to distance runner Mo Farah, cyclist Victoria Pendleton, heptathelete Jessica Ennis, rower Katherine Grainger, and Paralympic wheelchair athlete David Weir. LOCOG chair Lord Sebastian Coe has been made a Companion of Honour.