by Penny Martin .

Youth Prevails (almost) at British Fashion Awards 2006

As Daisy Donovan, daughter of underrated 1960s fashion photographer Terence Donovan, opened the British Fashion Awards at the V&A last night, she said a new generation of designers were breaking through the ranks. Certainly the decision to give Giles Deacon (36) 'Designer of the Year' having only bagged 'Best Newcomer' a couple of years ago, confirmed the fact. That title went to Marios Schwab (28) tonight; Kim Jones (29) got the Menswear plaudit, Stuart Vevers (36?) of Mulberry fame the accessories prize, Kate Moss (32) 'Best Model', Eugene Soulieman (whose age is anyone's guess) 'Best Fashion Creative' and Jonathan Saunders (28) took the new business investment prize created by the night's sponsors, Swarovski. Perhaps the most touching moments went to more, er, established creatives, however. Vivienne Westwood, who picked up Kate's award on the model's behalf also received a gong for her longstanding creativity. But the real tear jerker was when Joan Burstein, pictured, was given the Lifetime Achievement award and tributed it to her husband Sidney, with whom she set up the Browns boutique on London's South Molton Street in 1970.

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