QUIP WITH THE QUEEN: “You’ve been at it for awhile,” said Queen Elizabeth II to Vidal Sassoon as she awarded the hairdressing luminary a CBE at Buckingham Palace as part of her birthday honors list. “Yes ma’am, 67 years in fact,” Sassoon confirmed, who was recognized for his services to the hairdressing industry, to which the Queen replied, “Good Lord.” Sassoon celebrated the achievement with family and friends including Tamara Mellon, Julien Macdonald, Mary Quant and John Frieda at Il Vaporetto restaurant in London’s West End. “It feels so strange for a former shampoo boy to have received such an award, but it’s one I accept very gratefully,” said Sassoon.
Other Brits tapped included Natalie Massenet, the founder of Net-a-porter.com, and Christopher Bailey, creative director of Burberry, who were both awarded MBEs for their services to the fashion industry. Professor Frances Corner, head of the London College of Fashion, was made an OBE, also for services to the fashion industry, while her colleague at the London College of Fashion, Professor Helen Storey, was made an MBE for services to art. For services to the magazine publishing industry Nicholas Coleridge, managing director of Condé Nast U.K., was made a CBE.