FASHION’S FAVORED FEW: Christopher Bailey and Natalie Massenet are the latest fashion figures to receive a nod from Britain’s Queen Elizabeth. On Saturday, Massenet, the founder of Net-a-porter.com, and Bailey, creative director of Burberry, were both named MBEs, or Members of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, as part of the Queen’s birthday honors list. Both were awarded the honors for services to the fashion industry. Meanwhile Professor Frances Corner, head of the London College of Fashion, was made an OBE, or Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, 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. In the publishing world, Nicholas Coleridge, managing director of Condé Nast U.K., was made a CBE, or Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, for services to the magazine publishing industry. Interior designer David Mlinaric was made a CBE for services to interior design and to heritage. And as part of the Queen’s diplomatic service and overseas list, Vidal Sassoon was made a CBE for services to the British hairdressing industry, while actor and social fixture Alan Cumming was made an OBE for services to film, theater and the arts, and to activism for equal rights for the gay and lesbian community.
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