Victoria Beckham & Sarah Burton Win, Stella Tennant Exposes Nipple At 2011 British Fashion Awards [PHOTOS]

Victoria Beckham was in tears last night as her clothing label won Designer Brand of The Year at the British Fashion Awards. When handed the trophy by designer pal Marc Jacobs, shy Posh covered her face and said: “I am so nervous.”

She then gave a tearful, heart-felt speech in which she thanked her supporters. She said: “I would like to thank the British fashion industry for your support, I’d like to thank my team, you all know who you are, your focus, your creativity…. Simon Fuller… parents, my kids and my husband. Without him I wouldn’t have had the courage to do what I am doing.” She had to pause several times as she was clearly overcome with emotion.

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The British Fashion Council honored Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen as Designer of the Year for 2011. Burton drew praise for designing Kate Middleton’s much-heralded wedding dress.

The council said Burton has “allowed McQueen’s legacy to live on while still giving her own twist of creative genius to a collection that has outshone its rivals on and off the catwalk.”

More from the awards, plus the full list of winners…

Model Stella Tennant picked up the gong for a ‘British model who has contributed to the international fashion scene in the past year’, beating fellow nominees Kristen McMenamy and Georgia Jagger. Unfortunately for her, she exposed a nipple while posing for photos in the press room after winning her award.

2011 British Fashion Awards Winners

Emerging talent award – ready to wear: Mary Katrantzou

Emerging talent award – accessories: Tabitha Simmons

Emerging talent award – menswear: Christopher Raeburn

Accessory designer: Charlotte Olympia

Menswear designer: Kim Jones

Designer brand: Victoria Beckham

Model: Stella Tennant

BFC outstanding achievement in fashion: Paul Smith

Isabella Blow award for fashion creator: Sam Gainsbury

Red carpet award: Stella McCartney

Designer of the year: Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen

New establishment award: Christopher Kane

British style award brought to you by Vodafone: Alexa Chung