Just because the Duchess of Cambridge topped a few of 2011’s best dressed lists doesn’t mean that she’s the only one in the royal family who knows her fashion. Take her grandmother-in-law, Queen Elizabeth, who just named a handful of designers in her annual News Year’s honors.
Biba founder Barbara Hulanicki was named an OBE (that would be Officer of the Order of the British Empire). “I’m just absolutely thrilled. It’s thrilling for a Polish person to get an award like that from the Queen,” she told WWD of the award. She wasn’t the only OBE recipient: Both British interior designer and perfumer Clive Christian and the British Fashion Council’s honorary treasurer Christopher Inman got the royal nod. (Inman should be knighted if he can amicably sort out the September Fashion Week schedule.) The MBE—Member of the Order of the British Empire—title, which is one step down in prestige from the OBE, was bestowed upon Lulu Kennedy (founder of the designer support program Fashion East, which claims Gareth Pugh, House of Holland, and Jonathan Saunders among its alumni) and footwear designer Emma Hope.
While there were no style-setters among those receiving knighthood this year, two famous faces were awarded the CBE—Commander of the Order of the British Empire—which is the second highest honor the Queen can bestow. Marc Newson, the Sydney-born, London-based industrial designer who has dabbled in jewelry and clothing, was one of them. The other was Helena Bonham Carter, who may have been named for her service to drama, but we think it had something to with this year’s Marc Jacobs campaign. After all, not just anyone can pretend to be a snarling dog while wearing a highly coveted ensemble and still look good.