Wintour, editor in chief of Vogue, is the second British-born, U.S.-based magazine editor to be honored by the system this year, after Glenda Bailey, editor in chief of Harper's Bazaar, picked up an OBE last week.
A few other British fashion names were honored in this year's list, which was published Saturday. Louise Wilson, the course director of Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design's renowned master's degree in fashion, was named an OBE for services to education and to the fashion industry, while London-based designer Wale Adeyemi was named an MBE, or Member of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, for services to the fashion industry. Meanwhile, architect Richard Rogers was made a companion of honor, an award that recognizes a preeminent and sustained contribution in the arts, science, medicine or government, for public service and services to architecture.
RODEO HONORS BLAHNIK: Manolo Blahnik will be the 12th Rodeo Drive Walk of Style honoree. The footwear designer will be honored with a permanent plaque on the famed shopping street on Sept. 25. The award, created in 2003 by the Rodeo Drive Committee and the City of Beverly Hills, has been given to James Galanos, Donatella Versace, Herb Ritts, Mario Testino, Tom Ford and Giorgio Armani, among others.
LOPEZ EXITS ST. JOHN: Maria D. Lopez, St. John's vice president of design for over 10 years, left the company Friday after giving lengthy notice. Word has it Lopez has wanted to start her own line for some time and has found a backer. St. John had no comment on Lopez's resignation.
SECRET RENDEZVOUS: She's spotted wearing the bags and shoes all over town, but is Charlize Theron auditioning for a starring role in the Roger Vivier brand? In Paris for tonight's premiere of "Hancock," Theron was said to have requested a private meeting with Bruno Frisoni on Sunday evening at the George V. He and Hervé Van der Straeten are also accompanying her to tonight's screening, but no word on whose shoes will.